RCMP investigates Pond Inlet shooting

Officers involved in shooting reassigned to Iqaluit during investigations

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Two RCMP officers have been assigned to desk duties for the duration of an internal investigation into the shooting death of Naytanie Atadjuat in Pond Inlet, said Cpl. Jean-Marc Nadeau of the RCMP’s V division.

Atadjuat, 26, was shot by an RCMP officer on Sept. 11 after he stabbed a woman and threatened a child.

Nadeau would not release the names of the two officers now working in Iqaluit.

A criminal investigation will also be undertaken, Nadeau said.

“What we expect out of these reviews is whether proper policy and procedures were used,” Nadeau said. “Perhaps policy changes will be recommended as result of this review.”

Police were called to a domestic disturbance involving Atadjuat and his spouse at 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. After slicing the women’s neck, Atadjuat fled to a nearby home and threatened to hurt an elementary school child. Shots were fired and Atadjuat died as a result of a single bullet wound.

When asked if the gunfire was used to protect the child, Nadeau declined to elaborate.

“We can’t say that for sure, until every avenue has been exhausted. We can’t divulge any results,” Nadeau said.

The internal investigation is scheduled to take four months.

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