Onion Lake RCMP say suspect shot and killed himself when approached by officers

Police in Onion Lake say they identified a suspect after an assault investigation on Dec. 1. When they located the 43-year-old sitting in a car with a firearm two days later, police say the man discharged his gun and was injured by a self inflicted gunshot wound. He was declared dead at the scene.

Outside observer assigned for investigation

RCMP are investigating after a suspect they were looking for died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while they were engaging with him. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

RCMP in Onion Lake say a suspect shot himself to death when approached by officers.

On Dec. 1, RCMP from the Onion Lake Detachment investigated an assault complaint and identified a suspect, according to a news release.

Police located the suspect on Dec. 3. The release said he was sitting in a vehicle holding a firearm on the Onion Lake Cree Nation reserve.

RCMP said when officers tried to engage the man, he shot himself. The man was declared deceased at the scene.

RCMP said officers did not fire their weapons during the incident.​ RCMP have partnered with a provincially assigned observer as per the RCMP Act and RCMP policy.