The File Hills First Nations Police Service is looking into a bizarre attack at two homes on the Little Black Bear First Nation that left the attacker dead.
The police service was called after a man had abandoned a stolen vehicle and broke into two homes on the First Nation – north of Balcarres – in the evening of Dec. 3.
The investigation so far has revealed that the man was looking for drugs. He broke into a home where he allegedly beat a 63-year-old man. He then went to another home where a 33-year-old man was taking care of four children.
Police say the attacker grabbed two knives from the kitchen and demanded drugs. The homeowner – who lost his fingers and thumbs several years ago – grabbed the attacker in a bear hug.
The pair struggled before falling to the floor of the bathroom. Police say the attacker had stopped moving, so the homeowner left the home with the children and called 911.
By the time officers arrived, they found the 38-year-old man dead on the bathroom floor.
The man has been identified as Jason Scott Stonechild, who also went by Jason LaPlante. Police say he had a long history of violence, gang activity and drug abuse.
An autopsy had been done on Stonechild, which revealed “no anatomical cause of death”. Police are now waiting for toxicology results.
The 33-year-old man who had struggled with the attacker had been taken into custody for questioning and has since been released.