Saskatchewan Man Arrested for Shooting Incident in Montreal Lake Cree Nation

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25-year-old Waylon Nelson Arrested for Shooting That Seriously Injured Woman. (Courtesy: Sask. RCMP)

A 25-year-old man from Montreal Lake was arrested on Saturday by the Saskatchewan RCMP in connection with a shooting incident that seriously injured a woman. The arrest took place in Prince Albert following a manhunt that began early Friday morning.

Early Morning Altercation Leads to Tragedy

According to the RCMP, the shooting occurred around 5:20 a.m. on Friday in the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. Investigators report that an altercation between two individuals escalated, resulting in the man firing a weapon and injuring the woman.

Victim Suffers Serious Injuries

The female victim, whose identity has not been released, was treated at a local hospital for serious injuries. Details about her current condition remain undisclosed, as the focus shifts to the legal proceedings following this violent event.

The RCMP logo is seen outside the force’s ‘E’ division headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 16, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Suspect Charged and Expected in Court

The suspect, identified as Waylon Nelson, 25, was sought by the police in connection with the shooting. Nelson was apprehended in Prince Albert on Saturday, bringing a swift conclusion to the search.

He faces charges of discharging a firearm with intent, a serious offense under Canadian law. Nelson is expected to appear in court on Monday to answer these charges. The RCMP’s news release did not provide further details about the nature of the altercation or the motive behind the shooting.

Community Response and Ongoing Investigation

This incident has stirred concerns in the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, a community that has witnessed its share of challenges. Local authorities and community leaders are calling for calm and cooperation as the investigation continues.

The RCMP has not provided additional details about the case, citing the ongoing nature of their investigation and the upcoming court proceedings. They have, however, assured the public that they are working diligently to uncover all aspects of this incident.