Manitoba RCMP officer charged after shots fired at wildlife

Bunibonibee Cree Nation (Oxford House), Manitoba – On March 14, 2022, an on-duty RCMP officer was driving in a fully marked police vehicle on a winter road, returning to Bunibonibee Cree Nation. The officer encountered a caribou and attempted to hunt the caribou illegally.

The constable used his patrol-issued carbine rifle from his police vehicle and discharged two rounds at the caribou. However, the discharged rounds struck the police vehicle. The caribou was uninjured.

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Upon return to the detachment, the officer made his supervisor aware, and an investigation was launched immediately. The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was made aware and assumed a monitoring role. Conservation Officers with the Manitoba Department of Natural Resources and Northern Development also monitored and assisted with the investigation.

On February 9, 2023, Karl Tabares-Chevarie, 34, was charged with Use a Prohibited Firearm in a Careless Manner and Hunt Without a Licence.

In June 2022, Tabares-Chevarie resigned and was discharged from the RCMP.

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