Sask. RCMP name suspects in 2nd dangerous persons alert, unconnected to stabbings


RCMP has issued a Dangerous Persons Alert in connection with a reported incident on Witchekan Lake First Nation.

“Spiritwood RCMP is investigating reports of gunfire fired at Witchekan Lake First Nation,” RCMP said in a press release.

“At this time it is not believed to be connected to the James Smith Cree Nation investigation,” RCMP said.

Witchekan Lake is about 200 kilometers northwest of Saskatoon.

In an updated alert broadcast after 5:30 p.m. Monday, RCMP identified the suspects as 22-year-old Kelly Witchekan and 33-year-old Melvin Starblanket.

Kelly Witchekan (left) and Melvin Starblanket are seen in an RCMP handout photo. (RCMP)

According to police, Witchekan has brown hair and eyes, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Starblanket has black hair, brown eyes and is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Earlier in the day, RCMP said they may be traveling in a dark red mid-2000s Ford Mustang.

However, in the update, RCMP said the vehicle had been located and the search for the pair is now focused on the Witchekan area.

RCMP urged residents in the area to remain vigilant and avoid approaching suspicious individuals or hitchhikers.

When the incident first unfolded, residents in the area were instructed to seek shelter or shelter in a safe place.

–This is an evolving story. More details to come.


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