The Fisher Branch RCMP has made an arrest after a stabbing, standoff, and arson on Peguis First Nation.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence on Peguis First Nation at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 29th. They found a 53-year-old man who was taken to a Winnipeg hospital with serious injuries.
Officers immediately began searching for the 46-year-old suspect who was known to the victim. Around 4:00 p.m. the following day, officers found the suspect at a residence in the community, but he barricaded himself inside with a firearm.
RCMP contained the area, and called the Emergency response team to the scene, but shortly after they noticed smoke coming from the home. Police then called both the Fire Department and EMS to the scene.
While firefighters worked to put out the blaze, officers found the suspect laying on the ground just outside of the house, and he was put under arrest without incident. EMS treated the suspect on the scene, and then he was transported to the hospital where he was later released back into police custody.
Wescott Sutherland is charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Arson, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Further charges may be pending in relation to the firearm. Sutherland remains in custody and the investigation continues.