Murder charge laid in fatal shooting of Zachary Tiglik

21-year-old Ottawa man charged with second-degree murder in death of man from Nunavut

Police in Ottawa arrested Tyler Leonard-MacLeod, 21, of Ottawa and charged him with second-degree murder in the June 29 shooting death of Zachary Tiglik, who was originally from Nunavut. (File photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Police in Ottawa arrested a man in the shooting death of Zachary Tiglik, a 19-year-old who was originally from Nunavut.

Tyler Leonard-MacLeod, 21, of Ottawa, was charged with second-degree murder in a shooting that occurred in Ottawa two weeks ago, an Ottawa Police Service news release said on Friday.

Tyler Leonard-MacLeod, 21, of Ottawa was arrested and faces a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Zachary Tiglik, 19, formerly of Nunavut, police in Ottawa said Friday. (Photos courtesy of Ottawa Police Service)

Tiglik died after being shot on the evening of June 29 on Caldwell Avenue in the city’s Carlington neighbourhood.

Police named Leonard-MacLeod as the suspect on July 4 and issued a warrant for his arrest.

He was arrested in Ottawa, Const. Mike Cudrasov said Friday, without specifying where the arrest occurred or when.

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Police initially identified Tiglik as being from Ottawa. However, a childhood friend who declined to be interviewed told Nunatsiaq News that Tiglik is originally from Pangnirtung, and in an email a police spokesperson later said investigators are aware Tiglik had lived in Iqaluit.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Tiglik’s friend, Tyler Parsonage, to help pay for funeral costs.

“Nobody at this age deserves what has happened to him,” Parsonage wrote on the fundraiser page.

“He had a big heart and was a loyal friend and a laugh that could warm anyone’s heart and deserves the best we can give.”

As of Friday, approximately $2,500 had been raised.

Ottawa police are still asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the homicide unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493.

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