Alleged Iqaluit shooter remains in custody

Jerry Issuqangituq faces multiple charges in relation to Dec. 22 standoff

Iqaluit RCMP released this image of one of its cruisers that was hit by bullets following a Dec. 22 shooting in Iqaluit. Only the alleged shooter was injured in the incident. (FILE PHOTO)

By Sarah Rogers

Jerry Issuqangituq, one of the two men involved in an armed standoff in Iqaluit on Dec. 22, remains in custody after a bail hearing held on Monday afternoon, a Crown prosecutor told Nunatsiaq News.

Issuqangituq was charged in late December with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of discharging a firearm, as well as assault with a weapon, following a chaotic shooting on Saturday, Dec. 22, in Iqaluit’s Happy Valley neighbourhood.

The Iqaluit RCMP were called to a home early that morning following reports that a 25-year-old man was brandishing knives.

Residents of the home were evacuated, but the RCMP allege that the man opened fire on police and other passing vehicles.

That launched a three-hour standoff in Iqaluit’s 500 block, where police had to evacuate neighbouring homes.

Issuqangituq was injured in the incident, though police have not indicated how or to what extent.

He remains in an Ottawa hospital this week and did not appear in person at his Jan. 7 hearing.

The Ottawa Police Service Major Crime Unit (MCU) is currently investigating this shooting incident.

After the incident, police now allege a second person was involved: Darrell Alooloo, who now faces charges of assault and discharging a firearm.

Alooloo will appear in Iqaluit court for his bail hearing on Jan. 21. Issuqangituq is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 22.

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