Pang man guilty of shooting dog, firing into house, damaging vehicles
2020 Incident involving Tommy Ikalukjuak left 1 resident in ‘shock and trauma,’ court hears
A 2020 incident where police in body armour arrested a rifle-wielding man after a dog was killed and shots were fired into a residence and nearby vehicles has led to a Pangnirtung man being found guilty on six charges.
The incident occurred May 19, 2020. Police at the time reported Tommy Ikalukjuak was 29 years old. In court, he pleaded not guilty to all six charges, but did not testify.
In a trial that ran from April 25 to 27, court heard from several witnesses, including a woman who said she was left traumatized after seeing a gunman outside her residence and hearing shots.
It happened in Pangnirtung near the 840 block, a series of linked two-storey residential units.
According to the decision released Thursday by judge Gregory Mulligan, a woman living nearby testified she saw Ikalukjuak go into one of the units on May 19, come out with a gun and start shooting at a truck as well as at the stairs outside one of the units.
She also found her dog lying dead nearby, though court heard she did not see the dog get shot.
Another resident testified that when she returned home, the scene around the 840 block was “chaotic,” according to the written copy of Mulligan’s decision.
The woman went inside, and when she looked out, she thought she could see Ikalukjuak loading a gun. She said she and her family sheltered inside as they heard shots fired outside.
According to a statement she gave to police, “she was in shock and trauma at the time,” the judge’s decision said.
Later, she went outside and found bullet holes in her snowmobile, as well as damage to her husband’s work truck and a bullet hole in her kitchen window.
Her husband also testified, saying he saw Ikalukjuak holding a gun, and that he later heard gunshots, the sound of glass breaking and the shooting of the dog.
He said he later found several bullet holes around the kitchen window frame.
RCMP Const. Robbie Burke told court that when police received the report of an active shooter, he and the detachment’s three other officers donned body armour, armed themselves with carbines and a shotgun, and took up positions around the area where the shooting was reported.
He testified he heard gunshots from what sounded like a low-calibre firearm. He later saw two other officers arrest Ikalukjuak.
Const. Jonathan Sousa told court he heard four to six gunshots. He said that as he advanced on the suspect, Ikalukjuak was holding a rifle with both hands, pointed downward.
When he ordered Ikalukjuak to drop the gun, he said, Ikalukjuak raised it above his head and threw it down, smashing it on a rock.
Court heard that 13 items were seized during a search of the area — a Marlin .22-calibre rifle, eight .22-calibre spent casings and some live .22-calibre rounds.
Justice Gregory Mulligan found Ikalukjuak guilty of recklessly discharging a firearm at the house; using a rifle in a careless manner; carrying a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace; killing the dog; committing mischief over $5,000; and committing mischief under $5,000.
Ikalukjuak’s sentencing has been scheduled for the week of Aug. 15 in Pangnirtung.