Saskatchewan shooting suspect dead after police track him down

Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:24am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The suspect in a fatal shooting on Tuesday in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan is dead after apparently turning his gun on himself once police tracked him down.

Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police said late on Tuesday that officers had found a 59-year-old man in the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, an aboriginal community. A gun was fired, and the man, whom police did not name, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police would not confirm that the suspect had shot himself. They said, however, that the officers did not fire their guns and there was no indication of any other shooter in the area. Another police service is investigating circumstances around the suspect's death.

The shooting was Saskatchewan's second in slightly more than two months, following the January killings of four people at a high school and home in remote La Loche, Saskatchewan. A 17-year-old boy faces charges in connection with those deaths.

The man found on Tuesday was the only suspect in the death of a 56-year-old man from Ahtahkakoop. After reports of gunshots near the community's health center, police had asked residents to stay indoors as they searched for a suspect.

Ahtahkakoop is 165 kilometers (100 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.

La Loche is about 400 kilometers northwest of Ahtahkakoop.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)