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Hobbema first nations meet with RCMP over shooting

First Nations leaders in central Alberta are looking for answers after the shooting death of a man by an RCMP officer on the weekend.

Shooting victim had long and violent criminal record

Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Craig Mackinaw speaks with media after meeting with RCMP brass Tuesday night. (CBC)

First Nations leaders in central Alberta are looking for answers after the shooting death of a man by an RCMP officer on the weekend.

"Right now people are pretty...I'll just say...tense," said Craig Mackinaw, chief of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.

Lance Cutarm had a long criminal record. (Facebook)

Chiefs, elders, community members and the parents of the victims met with police officials Tuesday night in Hobbema.

"Lot of people are concerned because of what happened and rightfully so," Mackinaw said.

"And us as leadership need to ... come up with a better understanding of why it happened and to prevent any future fatalities or misunderstandings with the RCMP."

On Saturday night a lone officer pulled over a car near Ma-Me-O Beach on Pigeon Lake in an impaired driving investigation.

After a confrontation, the officer shot and killed Lance Cutarm and injured his brother.

"Of course I want questions answered about why he got shot to death," said close friend Joey Young, outside of the meeting.

"I know he was in trouble with the law in the past, but since he had his child, he pretty much gave up on all that."

Record includes manslaughter, assault

Court records show Lance Cutarm had a long criminal record that includes manslaughter, aggravated assault and weapons convictions.

He had just spent 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession of a knife in a public place.

The father of two, whose neck was tattooed with the word "infamous," wrote on Facebook just a few days before his death, " I kno im not going to heaven...nd im ok with it (sic)."

Earlier this year he posted a message saying, "i kno ima burn n hell (sic)...death isn't gunna hurt one bit. itz like blinking or eyez or takin a breath homie."

In an interview with CBC News after the shooting, his father said Cutarm began to run when the RCMP officer pulled his revolve Saturday night.

Cutarm was fatally wounded while his brother survived two shots to the chest, their father Larry Cutarm said.

Cutarm's brother, Larron Cutarm, also has a criminal record for violence, including assaulting a peace officer and aggravated assault.

Alberta's Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting.

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