Nunavut man jailed for shooting at Mountie
A Pond Inlet, Nunavut, man will spend just under two years in jail for attempting to kill an RCMP officer with a military-issued rifle nearly two years ago.
Jacopie Maktar, 40, received a total sentence of five years, eight months behind bars on Monday, after he had pleaded guilty to attempted murder for shooting at an RCMP truck on June 5, 2009.
Maktar received a two-for-one credit for the 22 months he had been in custody, so he will serve a further two years less one day at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit.
Pond Inlet RCMP were called in the early-morning hours of June 5 to investigate reports of a man pointing a firearm, according to a statement of facts read aloud in an Iqaluit courtroom on Monday.
A constable was driving the RCMP truck to the scene when the vehicle was pierced by a long-distance rifle shot, court heard. The officer took cover and was not injured.
"If the shot had been two feet higher, then the bullet would have struck the constable," Crown prosecutor Paul Culver told the court on Monday.
Threatened to shoot down planes
A trained marksman and hunter, Maktar was perched by a second-floor window, armed with a .303-calibre rifle that was issued by the Canadian Rangers, court was told.
More shots were fired and Maktar threatened to shoot down any airplanes that were departing from or arriving at the Pond Inlet airport. He also threatened to kill social service employees, court was told.
Defence lawyer Andrew Mahar said Maktar's rage was triggered by a troubled relationship he had with a woman, exacerbated by days of sleep deprivation and withdrawal from antidepressant medication.
In sentencing Maktar, Justice Robert Kilpatrick said he was bound to accept the sentence that was jointly recommended by the Crown and the defence.
But Kilpatrick warned the court that Maktar's case should not be used as a precedent for other gun-related sentences in Nunavut, which he said has a "growing spectre of firearms violence."