Man shot dead while fleeing police on Sask. reserve

Police shot and killed a man after a foot chase on a northern Saskatchewan First Nation on Tuesday.

Police shot and killed a man after a foot chase on a northern Saskatchewan First Nation on Tuesday.

Two officers from the RCMP detachment in La Loche went to a home on the Clearwater River Dene First Nation at about 8 p.m. with a warrant for a man's arrest, police said. Sources in the community told CBC News that officers were looking for two men in the house.

The sources said both men fled the residence and officers gave chase on foot. One of the RCMP officers caught up with Harry Haineault, 38.

Then there was a "physical altercation which escalated to the point where the RCMP member used lethal force," police said in a news release, adding Haineault died at the scene. 

Terry Lemaigre, Haineault`s cousin, told CBC News that he believes his relative was not armed, but he is not sure of all the facts because police have restricted access to the area and have not been sharing information.

"It's pretty hard," Lemaigre said.  "They're not giving us no answers. Nobody's coming forward saying, 'This is what's going on.'  They just totally sealed everything off."

This is the eighth shooting involving police forces in Saskatchewan in the last twelve months and the 4th resulting in death 

RCMP Supt. Randy Beck told reporters Wednesday that the number of such incidents has become a concern to him.

"We need to have a wider look at this kind of incident," Beck said. "To find the root, or reasons why, and ultimately find meaningful solutions to these problems."

Beck said the RCMP will meet with other police agencies in the province and representatives of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to examine the issue.

The FSIN issued a media release saying they will comment on the matter at a news conference scheduled for Thursday.

RCMP from Saskatoon are investigating the incident, with a Saskatoon police officer acting as an observer for the provincial Ministry of Justice.