Norway House man shot by RCMP taken into custody
Special unit from Alberta tasked with investigation on Manitoba reserve
After being shot by an RCMP officer this weekend, Evan Cromarty was released from hospital and taken into custody Tuesday.
Jody Ostapiw, Evan’s lawyer, said he is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, one charge for breaking and entering, four charges of uttering threats as well as some weapons charges.
Ostapiw told CBC News these charges stem from an incident at Norway House.
“He's anxious to return to the community in part just to let the community know he's okay,” she said. “That's very important to him at this point.”
Ostapiw said her client will try to get bail.
Cromarty father 'in total shock'
Evan Cromarty was shot by a Mountie Sunday at a community baseball tournament in front of more than 200 people.
"I was in total shock and you know I still am," he said. "I haven't slept well all night and I was very, very, very upset I guess. Not in anger, just not knowing what had just happened."
Cromarty is also worried about his other son, 9, who witnessed the shooting. He said the child is traumatized.
"You couldn't help him stop crying because he was in shock you know," he said. "He just saw his brother get shot. Last night, as he went to bed, my son told me 'I can't sleep, Dad. This thing keeps coming into my mind.'"
Brian told CBC News his son had shoulder surgery Monday, physiotherapy this Tuesday morning, and was then released from hospital.
Alberta investigators called in
Manitoba Justice has ordered an independent special investigations unit to look into the shooting of Cromarty, 20.
Witnesses told CBC News the man, Evan Cromarty, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, appeared to be unarmed and was holding his arms up when a Mountie shot at him.
“I seen this one cop run across the field and this guy was walking on the other side. They were trying to tell him to stop then that guy turned around lifted up his arms and they shot him,” said Eric Ettawacappo, who said he heard four shots.
“There's a hundred maybe 200 people out here," he said. "And everybody saw that — not just me. A whole bunch of us saw that and the kids were traumatized."
It's unclear why the man was shot.
RCMP confirmed the shooting took place and RCMP officials met Monday afternoon in Winnipeg with Norway House Chief Ron Evans.
"The meeting was positive, and concerns regarding the event and the relationship between the community and the police were discussed. The RCMP values the relationships it has with the communities it polices, and the Force will continue to focus on those valued partnerships," according to an RCMP press release.
Norway House Chief Ron Evans said the shooting has escalated tensions between RCMP and First Nations people in the community, located about 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
Evans said whatever the explanation is, he believes the situation was mishandled.
"It's no wonder people were angry and they were shocked and young kids are traumatized," he said. "Even right now. And so obviously something needs to be done."
Premier Greg Selinger spoke with Evans on Sunday night about ordering the special investigation unit to look into the matter.
Evan Cromarty remains in hospital and was scheduled for surgery Monday.