Men charged after shots fired during standoff in Saskatchewan Indigenous community

CUMBERLAND HOUSE — RCMP say three men face drug and weapons charges after shots were exchanged with Mounties who were searching for a wanted man in an eastern Saskatchewan Indigenous community.

A critical incident response team was called to the Cumberland House Cree Nation last week and residents were warned to stay inside.

Police said a dangerous person was walking around with what was suspected to be a long-barrelled firearm.

During a standoff at a home, three people surrendered and were arrested, but another person inside shot at officers, who returned fire.

Police arrested another suspect inside and found a wounded 22-year-old man from Prince Albert, Sask., who died at the scene.

Investigators found a restricted firearm and cocaine.

Two of the three men are to appear in provincial court later this month in Cumberland House.

The other is scheduled to appear in provincial court in La Ronge, Sask., in July.

The Moose Jaw Police Service is conducting an independent investigation into what happened.

Cumberland House Cree Nation is about 450 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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