Man charged with attempted murder after shooting in Tuktoyaktuk last month

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

RCMP say they have charged a Tuktoyaktuk man with attempted murder after a shooting in that community back on September 22.

CKLB first reported that Mounties were called just before 9:00 pm that Sunday after the shooting outside a residence.

Police say a 43-year-old man was found inside a nearby residence with a non-life threatening wound.

The man was transported to Inuvik Regional Hospital for treatment.

Police say they located the suspect nearby shortly afterwards.

As a result of the investigation, Mounties say they arrested and charged Michael Robert Gruben.

They say he is charged with:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Uttering Threats
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose

Gruben was held for a court appearance in Yellowknife on Tuesday.

A source, who didn’t want to be identified, told CKLB at the time that the incident was the result of an on-going feud between two families in Tuk.

Police have not named the victim

Anyone who saw what happened or has information on the incident is asked to call Tuktoyaktuk RCMP at 977-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.

About the Author

John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.