Ottawa Police investigation into RCMP V-Division May 2020 officer involved shooting has concluded

Posted On Friday April 09, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 9, 2021   1:00pm

(Ottawa) – On May 6th, 2020, the RCMP V-Division asked the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) to conduct a criminal investigation into an incident that occurred on May 5th, 2020 in Clyde River (Kanngiqtugaapik). 

A member of the community suffered fatal injuries when he was shot by an RCMP officer who had responded to a residence for a call for service for a domestic disturbance.

The OPS has a Memorandum of Understanding with the RCMP V-Division and the Government of Nunavut to conduct independent external investigations in instances of major police incidents involving members of the RCMP.

On May 7th, 2020, four Ottawa Police criminal investigators travelled to Clyde River and commenced a police oversight investigation to determine if there was any criminal responsibility on the part of the RCMP.

OPS investigators interviewed a total of ten civilian and three involved police witnesses.   

Although the incident resulted in the tragic death of Abraham Moses Natanine, the OPS concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with his death. 

The Government of Nunavut Department of Justice and the RCMP V-Division have been notified of the conclusion and determination of the investigation.

The Ottawa Police Service will not comment further on the matter considering that the OPS has fulfilled its mandate relating to the criminal investigation into the incident of arrest. 

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