Police lay charges in Kinngait shooting incident

Paul Etungat, 28, faces 17 charges

A 28-year-old Kinngait man faces 17 charges in connection with a weekend standoff with the police that put the community on temporary lockdown. (File photo)

By Emma Tranter

A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with a shooting incident in Kinngait over the weekend.

Paul Etungat, from Kinngait, was taken into custody after an “extended standoff” with police near the South Baffin community’s mountain and dump area. Multiple shots were fired and the community was placed on temporary lockdown, the RCMP said in a news release.

The Kinngait detachment received reports of a possible gunshot believed to be from a lone adult man, RCMP said a news release issued on April 25 after 11 a.m.

The RCMP V Division’s containment team and crisis negotiators flew into the community to assist the Kinngait RCMP.

“After several hours of negotiations, Etungat surrendered and was taken into police custody without incident,” the release said.

No injuries were reported.

According to the RCMP, Etungat faces the following charges:

  • Discharging a firearm recklessly – Section 244.2(3) CC
  • Sexual assault with a weapon – Section 272(2) CC
  • Aggravated assault – Section 268 CC
  • Sexual assault – Section 271 CC
  • Possession of weapon dangerous to the public – Section 88(2)
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm – Section 91(3) CC
  • Use of firearm in commission of offence – Section 85(1)(a) CC
  • Assault – Section 266 CC
  • Assault with a weapon – Section 267(a) CC
  • Careless use of a firearm – Section 86(1) CC (two counts)
  • Pointing a firearm – Section 87(2) (two counts)
  • Uttering threats – Section 264.1(1)(a) CC (two counts)
  • Forcible confinement – Section 279(2) CC (two counts)

Etungat appeared before a justice of the peace and was remanded into custody. His next scheduled court appearance is June 2 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

“Nunavut RCMP would like to remind residents to ensure firearms and ammunition are stored separately and securely. Gun trigger locks are available in every detachment in Nunavut for free. Please contact your local detachment to arrange a trigger lock,” the release said.

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  1. Posted by Now it’s time for the Justice system… on

    And make a holy mess of this… 17 charges which means Law enforcement have done their part. We need the justice system to give this guy house arrest – this is where NU is a joke. Stop giving lenient sentences it’s promoting these senseless acts of aggression and recklessness. Also, if you have a problem with something deal with it like a man instead of getting drunk and terrorizing those around you.

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