Iqaluit RCMP ask people to secure guns following two standoffs in a week

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Mounties in Nunavut have issued a “call for action” asking people to secure their guns after two recent standoffs, including one where a man opened fire on officers.

Iqaluit RCMP say officers were dispatched Saturday to investigate a report of a man brandishing knives in a residence.

They say a 25-year-old man barricaded himself in the home, and during an ensuing three-hour standoff opened fire on police and vehicles passing by.

The standoff ended with the arrest of a suspect who now faces numerous firearm charges.

No one was injured by the gunfire, but investigators say both police and public property were damaged.

Police say in a news release that it’s the second critical incident in Iqaluit in a week, and they’re urging gun owners to take immediate action to secure firearms and ammunition.

“Our resources cannot sustain this sort of continued behaviour. It is both a danger to the community and in most instances irreparable to our members, who are having to respond in extreme weather conditions and often in complete darkness.,” Insp. Mark Crowther said in the release issued Sunday.

On Wednesday, RCMP said their critical incident team was activated when a 34-year-old Iqaluit man barricaded himself in a home for 12 hours while police negotiated with him.

After the incident was peacefully resolved, police said three young children were placed in the custody of Child and Family Services. The man faces charges of forcible confinement, assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.

Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in both incidents.

RCMP said in Sunday’s release that gun owners should use trigger lock mechanisms, remove bolts, secure their guns and store ammunition separately.

They also warn that alcohol and firearms do not mix.

“We are asking you to help us please. Take the time necessary to secure firearms,” the release stated.

Just Posted

Red Deer’s Dream Centre for addictions treatment is approved on appeal

Several conditions are attached to the approval

Alberta NDP wants new ethics review of government over election watchdog firing

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition is renewing its attempt to have the ethics… Continue reading

Alberta premier says energy war room will be respectful as it takes on critics

CALGARY — Alberta’s United Conservative government has opened its war room to… Continue reading

New trial ordered for Ottawa man, ex-lover convicted in grisly murder

Ontario’s top court has ordered a new trial for an Ottawa man… Continue reading

Report suggests agriculture needs changes to save climate and farmers

Farming needs to change to help save the climate and farmers themselves,… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Friday The Annual Old-Fashioned Country Christmas is being held Dec. 13 at… Continue reading

Alberta NDP wants new ethics review of government over election watchdog firing

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition is renewing its attempt to have the ethics… Continue reading

Leonard scores 23 points to lead Clippers to 112-92 rout of Raptors

Clippers 112 Raptors 92 TORONTO — On a night Kawhi Leonard was… Continue reading

Alberta premier says energy war room will be respectful as it takes on critics

CALGARY — Alberta’s United Conservative government has opened its war room to… Continue reading

New trial ordered for Ottawa man, ex-lover convicted in grisly murder

Ontario’s top court has ordered a new trial for an Ottawa man… Continue reading

Report suggests agriculture needs changes to save climate and farmers

Farming needs to change to help save the climate and farmers themselves,… Continue reading

Police investigate after woman, two young sons found dead in east-end Montreal home

MONTREAL — Police officers who showed up at an east-end Montreal home… Continue reading

Liberal MPs won’t empower themselves to turf Trudeau, control caucus membership

OTTAWA — Liberal backbenchers declined Wednesday to give themselves the power to… Continue reading

Most Read