An on-duty RCMP officer was driving in a fully marked police vehicle in March of 2022 while returning to Bunibonibee Cree Nation.

On his way, the officer encountered a caribou and attempted to hunt the caribou illegally.

Reports state that the constable used his patrol-issued carbine rifle from his police vehicle and discharged two rounds at the caribou. However, the discharged rounds struck the police vehicle. The caribou was uninjured. 

Upon return to the detachment, the officer made his supervisor aware, and an investigation was launched immediately.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was made aware and assumed a monitoring role.

Conservation Officers with the Manitoba Department of Natural Resources and Northern Development also monitored and assisted with the investigation.

In June 2022, Karl Tabares-Chevarie resigned and was discharged from the RCMP.

Karl Tabares-Chevarie, 34, was officially charged on Thursday, February 9th, with the Use of a Prohibited Firearm in a Careless Manner and Hunting Without a Licence.