Fort Severn – NAPS Officer involved in Shooting Incident

Nishnawbe Aski Police

WASHAHO CREE NATION – Nishnawbe Aski Police report that on Thursday, April 30, 2020, an officer-involved shooting occurred with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) Fort Severn Detachment.

Jackie George, the Media Relations officer with NAPS says “An adult male had engaged in a life-threatening altercation with a NAPS officer who had responded with the discharging of a police-issued firearm. The adult male was injured by the firearm and had fled the scene”.

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Teams assisted in locating and taking the adult male into police custody and transported to the nursing station. The adult male has since been transported out of Fort Severn First Nation with serious but stable injuries.

Nishnawbe Aski Police have initiated an investigation into the matter and have sought the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate the actions of the officers. From this point, updates regarding the actions of the officers will be released by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Fort Severn First Nation is approximately 850 km north of Thunder Bay and 715 km northeast of Red Lake. It is the furthest north community in Ontario.

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