Update - Kindersley incident deemed murder-suicide

FINAL UPDATE by Corporal Rob King, Saskatchewan RCMP Media Relations Officer made at noon today, Dec. 13:

"On Thursday, Dec. 12, shortly after 10 a.m., Kindersley RCMP received a report of shots fired inside a residence located on the 1000 block of First Street West in Kindersley.

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"Kindersley RCMP and officers from surrounding detachments immediately responded.

"First responding officers assessed the situation. Based on that assessment, initial efforts were focussed on securing the residence where the shooting happened and ensuring the safety of residents in the surrounding area. Officers also set up a larger perimeter from Highway 21, to Highway 7, from Kindersley Hospital and to Main Street to keep people away from the area and safe from any potential threat.

"At this time, the status of the suspect was unknown.

"Officers made several attempts to contact the suspect, but there was no response. 

"Officers also worked to locate and secure immediate family members to inform them of the unfolding situation and ensure their safety.

"At approximately 3 p.m., the Saskatchewan RCMP Emergency Response Team gained entry to the residence and located two deceased adults.

"The deceased are confirmed to be husband and wife. The investigation leads us to believe this was a murder-suicide.

"Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit has carriage of the investigation, with assistance from Kindersley RCMP and Forensic Identification Services.  Our Forensic Identification Services continued to examine the scene overnight and gather evidence. A perimeter surrounding the residence continues to be secured.

"Autopsies are being conducted by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service today. 

"On behalf of the Saskatchewan RCMP, I would like to thank residents and the public for their patience and for giving officers the space required to conduct a thorough investigation.

"Our thoughts are with the surviving members of the family. The family has requested privacy from any media inquiries."

UPDATE 2: At approximately 3 p.m., Saskatchewan RCMP officers entered a residence on the 1000 block of 1st Street West in Kindersley. One adult male and female were located deceased. There were no other individuals located in the residence.

Based on the information gathered thus far, police believe there is no risk to public safety related to this incident.

The perimeter along Highway 21 to the north, Highway 7 to the west, south to the Kindersley Hospital, and east to Main Street has re-opened.

Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes Unit has arrived and will be taking carriage of the investigation. A perimeter surrounding the residence continues to be secured for further investigation.

Residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the Kindersley area as officers continue the investigation. Saskatchewan RCMP would like to thank residents and the public for their patience and cooperation.

UPPDATE 1: All necessary resources have been deployed to the scene and will continue to be present until the situation is resolved.  

RCMP continue to ask the public to keep clear from the area of Highway 21 to the north, Highway 7 to the west, south to the Kindersley Hospital, and east to Main Street to ensure emergency vehicles can access the area.

Residents are asked to respect all direction given by officers on scene.

BACKGROUND: Thursday, shortly after 10 a.m., Kindersley RCMP received a report of a firearm discharge in a residence on 1st Street West, north of the Kindersley Hospital. 

One individual fled the residence and called police.  

RCMP officers immediately deployed to the scene. 

Officers have set up a perimeter in the area of Highway 21 to the north, Highway 7 to the west, south to the Kindersley Hospital, and east to Main Street. 

Investigators are working to determine who discharged the firearm, secure the residence and determine if there are any other individuals in the residence.

Residents can expect a heavy police presence in the area and are asked to avoid the area and respect all direction given by officers on the scene.

Hold and secures remain in effect at all schools in Kindersley.

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