A 36-year-old man who was attacked in front of Yellowknife’s Day Shelter earlier this week has died.
CKLB’s John McFadden originally reported Mark Poodlat’s injury and being in critical condition. RCMP issued a press release Thursday afternoon stating that the Poodlat family informed them of his sudden passing in and Edmonton hospital Thursday morning.
Police say they now have 32-year-old Victor Ugyuk in custody and he is facing an aggravated assault charge and two breaches of his probation.
He is to appear in bail court Friday afternoon.
The NWT Coroner Service is now part of the investigation, and an autopsy has been ordered. The NWT RCMP Major Crime Unit is now leading this investigation, deeming it a homicide investigation.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Poodlat, and also with our entire community as we grieve the tragic loss of a community member,” said Inspector Alex Laporte in Thursday’s press release. Laporte is also the Officer in Charge of the Yellowknife Detachment.
Yellowknife RCMP continue to seek witnesses, or information related to this tragic incident, that happened on Tuesday, at around 5:40pm in front of the Sobering Centre and Day Shelter on 50th Street, to call them at 867-669-1111.
CKLB extends their condolences to the family and friends of Mark Poodlat at this difficult time.