A 22-year-old man is dead after being shot by RCMP in North Battleford Saturday night.
Around 8:55 p.m., Battlefords RCMP received a call from a man who claimed to be chased by a vehicle and shot at by the people inside.
Once Mounties located the suspected vehicle, a white sedan, they briefly pursued it. The chase came to a crashing halt when the vehicle rammed into a police cruiser near the intersection of 15th Avenue and 105th Street.
“In response to the driver’s actions, following the pursuit, a member discharged their firearm, injuring an occupant of the vehicle,” RCMP Chief Supt. Maureen Levy told reporters at RCMP headquarters Sunday morning.
Mounties immediately performed CPR on Brydon Whitstone of Onion Lake until paramedics arrived.
Whitstone died from his injuries at 9:40 p.m., en route to hospital.
A woman who was in the car at the time suffered minor injuries. She was taken to hospital and later released into custody. Due to the ongoing investigation, Levy declined to say if the woman is facing any charges.
An RCMP officer was also injured during the altercation. They were taken to hospital, treated and released.
An independent, external investigation into Whitstone’s death is being conducted by the Regina Police Service.
The Ministry of Justice is also appointing an independent observer.
Since the incident is under investigation, Levy said she couldn’t specify how many gunshots were fired by RCMP or the length of time Whitstone was in custody before he died.
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