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NEWS: Nunavut March 20, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Igloolik man dead, Nunavut RCMP member injured after March 20 shooting

Man shot after wielding weapon, uttering threats at police


An Igloolik man is dead after a March 20 confrontation with a Nunavut RCMP member, police said in a news release late in the evening March 20.

Igloolik RCMP members checked on the well-being of a man at a residence in Igloolik just before 8:00 p.m. March 20, police said.

Police said the man advanced towards police “wielding a weapon and uttering threats.” The police statement does not specify the type of weapon the man was wielding.

An RCMP member shot the man.

The man was treated at the scene by RCMP members, who administered First Aid. They transported him to the local health centre, where he died a short time afterwards.

One RCMP member suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police say it’s too early to say what factors may have led to the event. It’s unclear why police went to the residence to check in on the man.

The man’s name and age have not been released.

The RCMP’s major crime unit was en route to Igloolik from Iqaluit to secure the scene late March 20, although an independent police service will be brought in to lead the investigation.

The shooting incident comes only two days after a Kimmirut man opened fire on two local RCMP members’ homes early March 18.

No one was harmed in the early morning shooting, but 22-year-old David Lyta of Kimmirut faces two counts of recklessly discharging a firearm.

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