Charges laid in shooting after assault complaint

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A man from Ahtahkakoop First Nation is facing multiple charges in relation to a shooting incident on Tuesday that followed a reported assault.

Prince Albert Daily Herald

The Shellbrook (Ahtahkakoop) RCMP initially responded at 11:20 p.m. to a physical assault complaint involving two men at a residence on Ahtahkakoop First Nation.

Upon their arrival, officers were informed that the incident had been settled and that the subject of the complaint had left the residence.

“We were just called to an assault and by the time we got there we were told it had been resolved,” Cpl. Brad Beaton of the Shellbrook RCMP detachment said.

Police collected preliminary details regarding the assault -- determining that alcohol had been involved -- before leaving the residence.

Approximately 20 minutes later, the Shellbrook RCMP received a call regarding a firearm that had been discharged at the same residence and involving the same two men at the centre of the original assault complaint.

Officers arrived at the residence and found the two men from the initial incident present along with an adult female witness.

One of them, a 41-year-old man from Ahtahkakoop First Nation, had sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his pelvic area.

Paramedics transported the gunshot victim to Shellbrook Hospital and then on to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, where he is presently receiving medical care.

It’s still an ongoing investigation. Cpl. Brad Beaton

Police are currently investigating both the assault and the shooting.

“The discharge of the firearm would be a continuation of that original assault, so I think the best way to say it is that they’re related,” Beaton said. “I don’t know whether or not that initial assault investigation will go anywhere.”

Regarding the specific circumstances behind the shooting, he added, “I can’t disclose that … because it’s still an ongoing investigation.”

Meanwhile, police at the scene arrested and took into custody the other man present in the residence, who was known to the victim.

Stephen (Steve) Masuskapoe, 59, of Ahtahkakoop First Nation has been charged with aggravated assault, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Masuskapoe was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Prince Albert on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Organizations: RCMP, Shellbrook Hospital, Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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