Police arrest rifle-wielding Cape Dorset man following confrontation

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Cape Dorset RCMP have arrested a man who was allegedly brandishing a rifle near the airport on Aug. 21.

The man shot multiple rounds into the air around 5:30 p.m., according to police. The accused then made his way toward the community’s 4500 block. The police followed and heard sounds of “screams and distress.” As the RCMP took position in the area, the man allegedly pointed a piece of wood at police and pretended to shoot at them as he challenged them to fire on him. The officers used de-escalation techniques to safely conclude the confrontation.

The man was arrested without further incident. The rifle and numerous spent shell casings were seized, the RCMP stated.

In a news release, the police offered gratitude to residents of Cape Dorset for their vigilance and assistance.

“We take these calls very seriously. We’re very fortunate at how this was resolved peacefully and without incident thanks to the perseverance of our members and the support from residents in Cape Dorset,” said Insp. Mark Crowther, the RCMP’s Qikiqtani district commander.

Anyone with information about this crime or any other crime is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The RCMP is also reminding that help is available when in crisis: Kamatsiaqtut Helpline can be contacted at 1-800-265-3333. They are available 24/7 and have a website www.nunavuthelpline.ca . There is also the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or at www.hopeforwellness.ca . This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People looking for support can also visit local community justice offices, call toll-free 1-866-456-5216 or email VictimServices@gov.nu.ca