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Suspect shoots three, one dies, resulting in second-degree murder charge

A 26-year-old female was pronounced deceased on the scene in Flin Flon
Xander Tardiff
Xander Tardiff has been charged with second-degree murder and a number of weapons charges.

FLIN FLON — Numerous agencies were involved in a search for suspect Xander Tardiff, who has now been taken into custody, after two shootings in Creighton, Sask, and another two in Flin Flon, Man., one of which was fatal.

At approximately 12:10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan.1, a 911 call was received indicating that someone had been shot outside of a community hall on Main Street in Creighton, Sask. Officers from both the Creighton and Flin Flon RCMP detachments immediately responded.

Upon arrival, officers located a 24-year-old male from Cranberry Portage suffering from a gun shot wound. The male victim was transported to hospital in Flin Flon in stable condition.

As officers patrolled the area for the suspect, another report was received at approximately 1:05 a.m. indicating that a shooting had occurred at a residence on Bellevue Avenue in Flin Flon.

Officers attended and located a male suffering from gun shot wounds and a female who had also been shot. The 47-year-old male from The Pas was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The 26-year-old female from Flin Flon was pronounced deceased on scene.

Officers at the scene confirmed that both incidents were targeted and linked to one suspect.

A large scale search for the suspect, identified as Xander Tardiff, an 18-year-old male from Flin Flon, was launched.

The Manitoba RCMP deployed a number of additional units and officers to the area to search for the suspect and to further the investigation. This included officers from its Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, Major Crime Services, Forensic Identification Services, Air Services and a number of officers from neighbouring detachments. The Saskatchewan RCMP also deployed additional officers from nearby detachments and its Critical Incident Response Team to the scene.
Officers searched a number of locations in Denare Beach, Creighton and Flin Flon. At approximately 11:30 p.m., on Jan. 1, officers located Xander Tardiff in the Aspen Grove area of Flin Flon. He was arrested without incident.

Xander Tardiff has been charged with the following:

  • Second-Degree Murder (Flin Flon)
  • Discharge Firearm with Intent (Flin Flon)
  • Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (Flin Flon)
  • Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited (Flin Flon)
  • Discharge a Firearm with Intent (Creighton)
  • Possession of a Firearm While Prohibited (Creighton)

He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear on Jan. 4, in The Pas provincial court for charges related to the shooting in Flin Flon and in La Ronge provincial court for charges related to the shooting in Creighton.

This story has been updated to correct the number of people shot.