Fort Liard RCMP investigate firearm incident

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 Fort Liard RCMP is investigating a firearm incident that left one man with a serious, but non-life threatening injury.

At approximately 10:07 p.m., on Sunday, September 22, the Fort Liard RCMP received a call regarding an injured 49-year-old man with a gunshot wound sustained while hunting.

The victim was hunting with two other hunters approximately 15 kilometres from Fisherman Lake, near Fort Liard, when he received a gunshot wound.

The injured man was transported back to Fort Liard boat launch. The Fort Liard RCMP, assisted by community members and a local nurse, brought the victim to the local health centre, where he was transferred by Medevac to Yellowknife. The victim is in stable condition.

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“We are in hunting season and we can’t stress enough the importance to be extremely careful. Make sure you are visible by wearing orange or other safety vest colours. Do not discharge your firearm over a road-way, or from a vehicle.  Ensure you have your confirmed target in sight.  In general, let others know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Whether you are bow, crossbow or rifle hunting, do so in a safe and responsible manner.  Hunters must have a valid Possession Acquisition Licence (PAL) and the firearm and ammunition must be properly stored” Staff Sergeant Ken Beard, South District Advisory NCO said.

Fort Liard RCMP is investigating this incident. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

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