A Shamattawa First Nation man was shot and seriously injured by RCMP in the northern Manitoba community on Saturday, according to the federal police department and community leader.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. CT, officers responded to a report of a man carrying a firearm. While on patrol, officers heard gunshots, police said.
A suspect was located outside a community house and shots were fired after what was described as an “interaction” between him and officers, RCMP said via Twitter shortly after 6 p.m. CT .
The 22-year-old was taken to the local nursing station.
Today at 1 p.m., Shamattawa #rcmpmb responded to a report of a man carrying a gun. Officers began patrols and could hear gunfire. Officers located the suspect outside a house & an interaction occurred between the suspect & officers which resulted in gunfire.
In a late Saturday afternoon interview, Shamattawa Chief Jordna Hill said the man was waiting to be airlifted to hospital in Winnipeg and described his condition as ’50-50′ .
“I’m praying that he’s okay, that he’s okay,” he said. Family members at the nursing station are “emotional and angry,” Hill said.
No officers were injured, RCMP said, adding that Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit, which investigates serious incidents involving police in the province, has been notified.
Shamattawa is located approximately 745 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg.
Chief calls for review of RCMP policy
Hill said he has been in contact with Indigenous leaders from political advocacy organizations in Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Assembly of First Nations about the shooting and hopes to set up a conference with them.
He also said he wanted a review of RCMP policy and procedures, saying shootings like this were a “common occurrence” in Indigenous communities.
Hill said he hoped to keep the peace in the remote community following the shooting.
People there are upset, he said. “There’s a lot of rage and shock going on right now,” Hill said.