Ouje-Bougoumou Police Officer Henry Wapachee was dead at his house in Chibougamau on April 4.

“The SQ investigating officer determined that it was a suicide,” said Ouje-Bougoumou Police chief George Gunner. “It’s very hard for us (to deal with). It’s a good thing we have other officers from other communities like Mistissini, Waswanipi, and Nemaska to cover up for us so the regular officers can cope with the grieving.”

Gunner says officers at the detachment decided to have the inside of the police station repainted to start another year with a different atmosphere. “It’s not easy for us, he was a great loss not only for us but to the whole community, and he was well known by other officers from other Nations.” Henry left a wife and two boys.