Man faces two murder charges after shooting at remote B.C. First Nation

TSAY KEH DENE, B.C. — Police say a man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with fatal shootings in a northern B.C. First Nation community this week.

Mounties in Tsay Keh Dene, roughly 360 kilometres north of Prince George, say in a statement that Orlan Marcel Dennis is being held in custody.

RCMP say officers responded to a call late Tuesday about shots fired at a residence, where two people were later found dead.

They say a man armed with a gun fled to another home as officers arrived at the scene.

Police say hours of negotiations followed before officers shot the man with their firearms and "extended-range impact munition," and he was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Independent Investigations Office is looking into police actions in the shooting.

Tsay Keh Dene can only be accessed via flights that are scheduled twice a week, according to the community's website.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2024.

The Canadian Press