Man Charged Following Police Standoff At Okanese

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 15:54



A 42-year-old man from the Okanese First Nation has been charged with two counts of attempted murder related to the recent violence on the reserve.


The suspect was taken into custody yesterday morning after a local man and a youth were hospitalized with gunshot wounds several hours earlier.


Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.


The suspect surrendered to police without incident following a two-hour standoff with the RCMP’s Regina-based Emergency Response Team.


The Okanese First Nation says it has initiated a community response to the incident.


In a release, Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier says the band’s leadership take this matter seriously, and have taken measures to ensure the safety and security of reserve residents.


She says band members were able to start the healing process through a community circle.


Day Walker-Pelletier says the community is committed to taking action to prevent a repeat of this situation, and will continue its efforts against substance abuse and violence.