Criminal charges will not be laid against an RCMP officer who shot and killed a 52-year-old man in God's Lake Narrows while guarding the scene of a fatal fire in March 2011, the Saskatoon Police Service announced Feb. 15.
Two RCMP members were guarding the scene of a house fire that killed Demus James, 73, and his grandchildren Throne Kirkness, 2, and Kayleigh Okemow, 3, at approximately 1:35 a.m. last March 15 when they were confronted by an armed male subject, later identified as 52-year-old Paul Leonard Duck, a resident of the God's Lake First Nation. One of the officers fired his weapon at Duck, who was later pronounced dead at the local nursing station.
According to Manitoba RCMP policy, such an incident must be investigated by an external agency, so a senior member of the Saskatoon Police Service travelled to God's Lake First Nation to investigate with assistance from the "D" Division RCMP Serious Crimes Unit.
"The investigation and an independent Ontario Crown review have found there is no evidence to support criminal charges," read a press release from the Saskatoon Police Service. "A copy of the investigation has now been forwarded to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Manitoba. An inquest will be held at a later date.