Apology, no regret from RCMP officer who shot Pond Inlet man

An RCMP officer who fired at and fatally wounded an armed Pond Inlet man last year told a coroner’s jury and members of the man’s family on Thursday, Nov. 8, that he wouldn’t change the choice he made to pull the trigger.

“I’m sorry for what happened to your son. It’s not something I wanted,” Cpl. Patrick Higgins told the family of Kunuk Qamaniq, 20, who died at the Baffin community’s health centre on March 18, 2017.

“I’ve gone through this 10,000 times in my head. What I did is what I would have done again,” he said, appearing on video from Hamilton, Ont., as witness at a coroner’s inquest into the shooting in the community of about 1,600.

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