Update: Saskatchewan RCMP Respond to Firearms Offload in Cumberland House Cree Nation Residential Area

June 8, 2022
Cumberland House Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

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Following an ongoing investigation by the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Provincial General Investigation Section (GIS), three men have been charged in connection with an investigation into the June 2 gun spill 2022 against the Cumberland House Cree Nation.

During the investigation, officers found a restricted firearm and a quantity of cocaine. As a result, three men were charged.

Anthony Kadachuk of Cumberland House has been charged with:

  • 1 count, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • 1 count, unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon, section 91(3) of the Criminal Code
  • 1 count, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition without a licence, section 95(2), Criminal Code
  • 1 count, failure to comply with recognizance, s. 145(5)(a), Criminal Code
  • 1 count, failure to comply with a bail order, paragraph 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code

Anthony Kadachuk has been remanded in custody until his next appearance in Cumberland House Provincial Court on June 14, 2022.

Bernie Kadachuk of Cumberland House has been charged with:

  • 1 count, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Bernie Kadachuk will make his next appearance in Cumberland House Provincial Court on July 19, 2022.

Gage Pratt of Prince Albert was charged with:

  • 1 count, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Gage Pratt has been remanded in custody until his imminent appearance in La Ronge Provincial Court on June 13, 2022.

As previously reported, a 22-year-old man was found injured during this incident and was later pronounced dead. The Moose Jaw Police Department currently conducts the independent external investigation required when an incident results in death or serious injury.

GIS officers, with the assistance of other Saskatchewan RCMP units, continue to investigate other aspects of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment by dialing 310-RCMP. Information may also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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Saskatchewan RCMP respond to an unloading of firearms in a residential area of ​​Cumberland House Cree Nation

2022-06-03

On June 2, 2022, Cumberland House RCMP were notified that a man wanted on a warrant for assaulting a police officer was in Cumberland House Cree Nation. Officers began investigating and confined a residence on Pemmican Portage Avenue, then observed a man on the property with a gun. They immediately called in additional Saskatchewan RCMP officers to assist with the ongoing investigation.

This included the Saskatchewan RCMP Critical Incident Response Team, which immediately deployed to the community to provide assistance. Due to the severity of the ongoing event, Saskatchewan RCMP issued a Civil Emergency Alert, an action reserved for the most dangerous situations, at 1:13 p.m. asking people to stay inside their home, lock their doors/windows and avoid picking up hitchhikers. This alert was broadcast to all cell phones in Cumberland House Cree Nation and the Cumberland House area and information was also disseminated via press release and social media.

The Nisto Awasisak Memorial School adopted lockdown and safety protocols and several people were evacuated from residences near the incident.

Immediately after the initial civil emergency alert was issued, two people inside the residence surrendered and were arrested. A third person also later surrendered and was arrested. Officers located and seized a loaded firearm from one of the individuals.

Occupants still inside the residence began discharging firearms from inside the residence.

At 3:18 p.m., the Saskatchewan RCMP issued a second civil emergency alert, a press release and social media posts notifying the public of this.

Critical Incident Response Team officers worked to safely arrest the occupants, using a variety of tactics in an effort to get them to stop discharging firearms and leave the residence. They did not comply. Shots were exchanged between an occupier and Critical Incident Response Team officers.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., a male exited the residence and was arrested without incident. He was taken to hospital for an unrelated health issue. He told the police that there was another injured man in the residence. Critical Incident Response Team officers entered the residence and located the injured man. Emergency medical care was provided by RCMP officers with advanced medical training on site. The man was taken to hospital by EMS where he was pronounced dead.

He was identified as a 22-year-old man from Prince Albert. His family has been notified. The Saskatchewan RCMP is not releasing his name.

When an incident results in death or serious injury, the RCMP Act – the law that governs the RCMP – requires an investigation to be conducted by an outside agency. Saskatchewan RCMP have asked the Moose Jaw Police Service to conduct an independent external investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. The Saskatchewan RCMP has asked the Department of Justice to appoint an Independent Investigative Observer pursuant to Section 91.1 of the Saskatchewan Police Act.

The other four people arrested in the incident remain in custody and Saskatchewan RCMP are continuing their investigation. Fee details will be provided when available.

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As this matter is now under external investigation, no further information can be provided at this time.