Man dead after ‘shooting incident’ with police in Rankin Inlet

Ottawa Police Service to investigate 22-year-old man’s death following interaction with RCMP

RCMP in Rankin Inlet have called in the Ottawa Police Service to investigate the death of a 22-year-old man in Rankin Inlet following a “shooting incident” involving police on Saturday afternoon. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Ottawa Police have been called to investigate the death of a man in Rankin Inlet, following what Nunavut RCMP describe as a “shooting incident” involving its emergency response team and an armed man Saturday afternoon.

It started when Rankin Inlet RCMP responded to a disturbance involving what police called “intoxicated males” at 3:15 p.m., a police news release states.

One of them got a rifle and was seen walking in town. Then he shot toward police officers. He then took a truck at gunpoint and drove to the town limits where he was contained for several hours, the police report states.

The RCMP’s emergency response team from Manitoba was deployed to assist with the incident. They were involved in a shooting incident with the male.

A 22-year-old man was later pronounced dead, the RCMP said.

The police did not identify the man but the RCMP’s statement said this kind of event is “difficult” for everyone involved and offered sympathies to the family and community.

The Ottawa Police Service has a standing arrangement with Nunavut to investigate major police incidents involving RCMP officers who provide policing services in the territory.

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