Shoot-out in Iqaluit leaves two men injured
Ottawa Police Service takes over investigation of Nov. 23 incident
(Updated 4:30 p.m., Nov. 23)
Much of an Iqaluit neighbourhood lay behind police barriers on the morning of Nov. 23, after an early-morning exchange of gunfire injured two men, one of whom carried a firearm.
Very early on the morning of Nov. 23, police responded to a complaint of gun shots fired in and around the 100s area in Iqaluit, which includes the Nunatsiaq News office at building 157.
Travis Daley, who lives nearby, said that about 4:00 a.m. Nov. 23, he heard “a couple of bangs,” thinking it was “a couple of kids messing around.”
When he looked out his window, he saw police chasing “a kid” down the street.
“At first I didn’t even think they were gunshots and I didn’t think anything of it,” Daley said.
An RCMP new release said that when they responded to the complaint, they were confronted by a man pointing a firearm at them.
“Shots were fired,” the news release said. The man then fled.
A short time later, police found the man near house 238. He was bleeding from the chest area, police said.
Police took the man to Qikiqtani General Hospital, where he’s receiving treatment for his injuries.
He remains “in stable but critical condition,” police said.
It’s not clear who fired the round that injured the wounded man.
Police said a second man who lives in the 100 block area was also injured in the incident. The man, who appears to have been an innocent bystander, is being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A police vehicle still guards the back of building 162, in front of a dwelling unit that appears to be a major focus of the RCMP’s investigation.
However, police barriers on Nipisa St. were taken down early in the afternoon of Nov. 23, and traffic now moves normally through the area.
The Ottawa Police Service has now taken over the investigation of the shooting, the RCMP said in a late-afternoon news release Nov. 23.
That’s because an outside police force or independent agency is supposed to investigate “all serious matters that involve RCMP officers to maintain transparency in the investigation,” the release said.
Detective John Monette, of the Ottawa Police Service’s major crime unit, will now oversee the investigation.
Monette will oversee an investigative team from the Northwest Territories, the RCMP said.