Saskatchewan

Standoff ends on Sask. reserve

A standoff connected to a shooting has ended on the Okanese First Nation after police were called to a disturbance on the reserve east of Regina.

A standoff connected to a shooting has ended on the Okanese First Nation after police were called to a disturbance on the reserve east of Regina.

A police tactical team from Regina was dispatched to the community at around 6 a.m. Tuesday and arrived on the scene by mid-morning.

According to police on the reserve, there had been a fight at a residence at around midnight, and local police were called. When they arrived, the people had calmed down, police said.

However, three hours later, they were called back. Two people were found with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

When police learned that firearms might be involved, the tactical team from Regina was contacted.

"I called the F division emergency response team and their related teams at approximately 6 a.m.," File Hills Qu'Appelle police chief Ralph Martin told CBC News on Tuesday. "They were here, and … were just about deployed, and we were going to be in contact with the suspect, and he walked out of the residence and was taken into custody without incident."

The man who gave himself up to police remains in custody and is likely to face charges, police said.

About a dozen homes in the area were evacuated, but by early afternoon people had been allowed to return to their homes.

The Okanese First Nation is about 130 kilometres east of Regina.