Suspect in fatal shootings on Sask. First Nation arrested by RCMP

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RCMP warned that Shawn Moostoos could have been armed. He was wanted in connection with a shooting on the James Smith First Nation. Police found him at a home in Melfort, Sask., on Monday afternoon. (RCMP - Handout  - image credit)
RCMP warned that Shawn Moostoos could have been armed. He was wanted in connection with a shooting on the James Smith First Nation. Police found him at a home in Melfort, Sask., on Monday afternoon. (RCMP - Handout - image credit)

The search for the suspect in the shooting that left two people dead and one injured on the James Smith Cree Nation is over.

In an update issued at 5 p.m. CST, the Saskatchewan RCMP said investigators located 33-year-old Shawn Moostoos an hour earlier at a residence in Melfort, located approximately 40 kilometres southeast of the reserve.

Officers took the suspect into custody without an incident, RCMP said.

Police say they are not looking for any additional suspects in connection with the incident, but that the investigation is ongoing.

RCMP in Melfort, Sask., issued an emergency alert on Sunday evening advising people in the area in and around James Smith Cree Nation to shelter in place, stay away from windows and to not answer the door unless instructed to by police due to a shooting "involving multiple victims."

The alert has since been cancelled.

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Chanss Lagaden/CBC

Police issued a statement at 10 p.m. CST saying they had begun to search for a 33-year-old male suspect.

The Mounties said the shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. CST during an altercation at a residence on the First Nation, about 180 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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Chanss Lagaden/CBC News

A 37-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman from James Smith Cree Nation are dead.

A 44-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment of what are described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

An update on his condition has not yet been provided.

The families of the dead have been notified but police are not releasing their identities at this time.

Emergency alert cancelled

At 4:30 a.m. CST on Monday, RCMP cancelled the emergency alert, saying it was no longer required due to the time that had passed since the shooting, and because they confirmed that Moostoos and the victims knew each other.

Moostoos is described as having brown eyes and brown hair. He is just over six feet tall, weighing 189 pounds, and has a scar on his left hand.

The search was aided by Star Air Ambulance, the Saskatoon Police Service's air support unit and police dog services.

"Residents are asked to respect police barricades and any direction given by police," RCMP said in a statement.

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