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Guard working at RCMP detachment charged with second-degree murder
WINNIPEG -- Manitoba RCMP said a guard that last worked at the Pukatawagan RCMP detachment nearly two weeks ago has now been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of a 22-year-old woman.
On Monday, RCMP arrested and charged 22-year-old August Thunder Caribou of Pukatawagan with second-degree murder. The charge has not been proven in court.
This comes after RCMP found the body of a 22-year-old woman in a wooded area in the community of Pukatawagan on June 26, shortly before 8 p.m.
The woman was pronounced dead, and Major Crimes Services and Forensic Identification Services immediately began an investigation, RCMP said in a news release.
The investigation is ongoing.
RCMP said Caribou began working as a guard at the Pukatawagan RCMP detachment on June 5, 2020.
According to a news release, guards are employed by the Corps of Commissionaires and are responsible for watching prisoners that are held in detachment cells.
Bryan Payne, the CEO of Commissionaires Manitoba, confirmed with CTV News that the guard who was arrested was an employee of Commissionaires.
He said the security company does not have an active role in the investigation.
Payne said Commissionaires works closely with the RCMP to train, clear, and post candidates as detention guards at RCMP detachments across Manitoba.
He said using detention guards allows badged officers to be on the front-line and keeps policing in rural communities cost-effective.
"Ultimately, applicants for detention guards must be acceptable to the local detachment commander before being hired for the position through a contract with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires," Payne said.
"All of our detention guards are security-cleared to basic RCMP reliability levels by the local detachment commander prior to an offer of employment being extended."
He said if applicants are not able to pass the security clearance or lose the security clearance, they are no longer able to be a detention guard.
RCMP said the last shift Caribou worked at the detachment was on June 20.
The RCMP said there is no link between Caribou's employment, the victim of a homicide, and the charges against him. Rather, the RCMP said it is sharing this information in order to be transparent.
Caribou was scheduled to appear in provincial court in The Pas on Tuesday.