Little Pine First Nation man shot dead by police released from hospital as independent investigation begins

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A Little Pine First Nation man who was hospitalized after being shot by RCMP officers early Saturday morning has been released into custody, and officers’ response will now be investigated.

After receiving several calls, Cut Knife RCMP officers and the man – who police say had a gun – met outside a residence in Little Pine First Nation, about 125 kilometers north. northwest of Saskatoon, just before 2 a.m.

In a news release, the RCMP said « the police response involved the discharge of a firearm and the male was injured. »

He was taken to the hospital by EMS after officers administered first aid, RCMP said, and was treated and taken into custody hours later.

RCMP say the Cut Knife Detachment received three calls about the man between midnight and 1:30 a.m.

A call came in from a man who said he was considering suicide before dropping the call. The other two reported an assault and a person pointing a gun at members of Little Pine security.

None of the officers involved were injured, police said.

The RCMP response will be investigated by the Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team at the request of the RCMP.

Another group of independent observers, including at least one Aboriginal person, will be appointed by the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the province.

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