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Woman charged with first-degree murder in case where Saskatoon police shot man during search

Woman charged with first-degree murder in case where Saskatoon police shot man during search
Woman charged with first-degree murder in case where Saskatoon police shot man during search

A Saskatoon woman is facing charges of first-degree murder after police found a body in a home during a search Saturday morning.

Police also report that an officer shot a man during the search and that Saskatchewan police are now investigating.

Chantal Lee McLaren, 32, appeared in provincial court Monday charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

Police have not released the alleged victim’s name, age or cause of death.

Prosecutor Frank Impey ordered McLaren not to contact a man he named in court. Impey expected the man to be charged in connection with the murder.

Saskatchewan’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) was called to the scene after a member of the Saskatoon Police Service’s tactical support unit shot a 34-year-old man, police said in a news release. The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is believed to be in stable condition, police said.

The shooting occurred while the tactical unit was conducting a search of a home at 600 Lisgar Avenue in the Pacific Heights neighborhood on the city’s west side, around 2:30 a.m. CST.

Two women who were present in the house were also arrested.

The press release states that the search warrant was in connection with an investigation into aggravated assault with a firearm. However, police say they found a body in the home and the death is being treated as suspicious.

Ashley Netowaysin, who lives in a home directly across from where the shooting occurred, said she and her newborn baby slept through the commotion and gunfire.

“I woke up to feed my daughter and I saw all the police cars,” Netowaysin said. She said there were about four undercover police cars, plus the tactical support unit.

According to Netowaysin, police, ambulance personnel and a fire truck were on the scene earlier this week.

“My mom goes outside and she’s here, you know, she switches vehicles and they walk by and say ‘Hi’ and stuff. Like, do we say ‘hi’ to someone who killed someone?” Netowaysin said.

Police are asking people to avoid the area while they investigate. They say traffic restrictions have been put in place in the area of ​​Lisgar Avenue.