On July 15, 2013 at approximately 12:30 am, a shot from a high-powered rifle was fired into the Shamattawa RCMP Detachment in Shamattawa, Manitoba.
Police report the bullet penetrated through the garage door of the prisoner loading bay as well as an interior wall before lodging in a wall in the lawyer/client telephone room. There were a number of prisoners in the cells at the time and RCMP personnel working in the building, however, no injuries were reported.
RCMP investigators, acting on information received, arrested and charged Riel Branford Hill (32) of Shamattawa due to his alleged involvement in the shooting. Hill is facing the following charges;
- Careless Use of a Firearm
- Mischief Over $5,000
- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Possession of a Weapon While Prohibited
Hill was detained in custody.
As one could imagine, working in a remote Northern Community where firearms are prevalent can be a dangerous proposition. That danger increases exponentially when you are required to Police a Community rife with Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Suicides and social dysfunction.
Policing these kinds of Communities can exact a heavy psychological toll on the men and women of Law Enforcement who strive to keep the peace in these difficult areas. The tragic case of Shamattawa RCMP Constable Martin Bouchard is a disturbing example of just how steep that price can be.
Shamattawa is a remote Northern Manitoba Community located approximately 850 kilometres northeast of Thompson.
Band records indicate approximately 1,100 people live in the remote First Nations Community.
The RCMP Detachment consists of one (1) Sergeant, one (1) Corporal, six (6) Constables and two Public Service Employees.