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RCMP say the suspect in a fatal shooting Tuesday morning in the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation has also died.
The 59-year-old man was found at approximately 5 p.m. in the community by RCMP. Police said a firearm went off after officers found the suspect and he was later pronounced dead in hospital.
The RCMP said their officers never fired a shot.
The small community, about 150 km north of Saskatoon, was rocked by a shooting hours earlier when a 56-year-old man was shot to death.
Police have not identified either of the men.
But according to resident Kim Sasakamoose, the shooting happened around 10 a.m. and the alleged shooter is her cousin, Elgin “Chucky” Sasakamoose.
“They tried to bring him back to life,” said Kim Sasakamoose of the victim, who she identified as “Wayne” and being new to the community. The shooting happened near the health centre.
A family friend identified the victim as Wayne Teed.
Kim Sasakamoose said she heard the shooting was over a woman.
“He took off on his quad,” said Kim Sasakamoose of her cousin.
Police had told residents to stay in their homes throughout the day as they searched the area.
Officers from several RCMP detachments were on the scene, including the canine and major crimes units. Police said they don’t believe there are any other victims or suspects.
They have called in Saskatoon police to conduct what the RCMP said will be an independent investigation into what happened when the suspect died.
Chucky Sasakamoose was the son of Fred Sasakamoose, the first Aboriginal hockey player in National Hockey League when he played for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953, according a family member.