Rankin Inlet man charged with First Degree Murder

June 10, 2024
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

News release

2024-06-10 3:00 p.m EDT
File: 2024-778210

On June 7, 2024, the Rankin Inlet RCMP located a deceased individual. The death was suspicious in nature, and the RCMP were able to identify a male suspect and began searching for him. This lead the RCMP to issuing multiple "shelter in place" alerts. The suspect was located near the local firing range, just outside the community. Upon making contact, the suspect refused to surrender to police. RCMP Crisis Negotiators were able to establish communications with the suspect, who surrendered to police and was arrested without incident.

On June 8, 2024 the Nunavut RCMP Major Crimes Unit charged Jack Ekwalak (43 years old) with First Degree Murder.

"We thank the community for their cooperation during the investigation and for their patience in the last few days. I want to send my deepest condolences to the family of the victim", said Sergeant Patrick Frenette of the Rankin Inlet RCMP Detachment.


Contact information

For more information, contact:
Cpl. George Henrie
RCMP "V" Division Media
Iqaluit, Nunavut
Phone: (867) 975-4404
Email: VDIV_MEDIA@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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