Kativik colleagues of slain officer keen to attend Ottawa funeral
Dery, 27, first Kativik officer to die in the line of duty
All 15 members of the Kuujjuaq detachment of the Kativik Regional Police Force hope to attend the Ottawa funeral for Steve Dery, the 27-year-old killed in the northern Quebec community last weekend.
Dery is the first member of the Kativik Regional Police Force ever to die in the line of duty, and three days after the shooting, Police Chief Aileen MacKinnon still struggled to talk about the loss.
"Constable Dery was a trusted and professional police officer, respected by his colleagues as well as the members of the community he worked so hard to serve and protect," MacKinnon said, declining to take questions.
A second officer injured in the shooting, Joshua Boreland, was injured but is expected to recover.
The pair were responding to a domestic dispute, and after the shooting the Quebec provincial police were called in to help with the stand-off, which lasted 17 hours.
A woman in the house managed to escape during the stand-off. Later, police were able to fire a flare into the house and then members of the tactical squad moved in. They found the lifeless body of the alleged shooter, Jobie Saunders Jr., 21.
Town grapples with loss
Saunders' family lives in the tight-knit, mostly Inuit community of 2,400, and people are reluctant to talk publicly about what happened.
Mayor Tunnu Napartuq said healing now needs to take place.
"We are in a stage where we are wondering how we can move on, and how we can heal from this," Napartuq said. "That's where we are at right now."
He said mental health officials are available to help people in the community.
Others say steps should be taken to prevent another deadly incident like this one from ever recurring, but just what those steps should be is far from clear.
The provincial police investigation continues.