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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Manitoba aboriginal leaders want review of man's being shot, then stunned by taser

April 22, 2008

WINNIPEG - Leaders from a remote Manitoba First Nation are questioning why an RCMP officer zapped a suspect with a Taser after shooting him with a gun during a confrontation earlier this month.

Police were called to investigate an assault April 5 on a snowmobile trail at the Manto Sipi Cree Nation, formerly known as God's Lake First Nation.

Terrance Yellowback, 27, admits he was brandishing a table leg and refused to drop it, despite an officer's commands to do so.

Yellowback says the constable fired two shots from her service pistol, missing with the first and striking him in the side with the second, before using the Taser on his chest.

Chief Roger Ross says the community has been kept in the dark about what happened, so he's asking Manitoba Justice Minister Dave Chomiak for an independent review to go along with the RCMP's investigation.

Yellowback is facing three assault charges, including assaulting a peace officer, along with a charge of resisting arrest.

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