When the police arrived to a house in the Mi’kmaq community of Listuguj Saturday morning, they heard gunshots. The man inside refused to cooperate with police.
The Quebec provincial police were called for additional support and the street was blocked off to secure the area.
A police negotiator tried to deal with the shooter.
That is the scene that played out in Listuguj, a community of about 4,000 that that sits along the Quebec, New Brunswick border.
After nearly six hours, Brandon Firth-Metallic, 28, of Listuguj surrenders.
He’s been charged with two accounts of second degree murder.
The Quebec City police service is investigating because Quebec’s watchdog is running a parallel investigation into how the Quebec Provincial Police and the Listiguj police “intervened” in the incident.
Metallic’s next appearance in court is June 7, 2021.
The victims names have not been made public.
Listuguj is offering community members support services and a sacred fire has been lit and will continue until Thursday.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde said on a Facebook post his thoughts go out to Listuguj,
“First Nations from coast to coast in solidarity with the people of Listuguj. Keep them in your thoughts today as they recover form these horrible losses,” he said.