Dakota Tipi First Nation double-shooting suspect arrested, RCMP says
CBC News, April 7, 2016
RCMP say a suspect has been arrested in a shooting on a First Nation west of Winnipeg that sent two people to hospital in serious condition.
A man and woman were shot on Dakota Tipi First Nation, 85 kilometres west of Winnipeg near Portage la Prairie, early Thursday morning.
An RCMP spokesperson will update reporters on the arrest at 2:15 p.m. CT.
Police did not name the person who was arrested. They had earlier sought the public’s help in locating Ervin William Tyson Pashe, 31, whom they identified as a suspect.
RCMP spokesman Sgt. Bert Paquet had said police were trying to determine the connection between Pashe — who goes by Tyson as his first name — and the victims.
A call about the shooting came in around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and police put the entire reserve in lockdown, preventing anyone from entering or leaving.
There are no schools on the reserve but RCMP officers were seen patrolling some nearby.
RCMP used their canine unit, emergency response team and serious crime unit to scour the reserve, and urged people in the community to stay inside their homes, lock their doors and keep away from the windows.
“I have been informed the highways are shut off at both sides at the 306 and Yellowquill, and they are doing full searches of vehicles ID-ing everyone,” said Allison Smoke, who lives on the reserve.
While an arrest has been made, RCMP said officers will “still remain on scene for an extended period.”
Smoke said she believes the shooting is connected to drugs.
“There is a serious drug problem on this reserve and chief and council refuse to address it in any kind of way,” she said.
Paquet could not comment on the alleged drug connection, saying he doesn’t yet know what led to the shootings.