A man is in custody after Yellowknife RCMP responded to a report of a suspect carrying a firearm near the library Tuesday afternoon.

Mounties seized a replica handgun near the Yellowknife Public Library after receiving the complaint around 4 p.m. today, according to a news release.

RCMP members evacuated the area before locating and arresting a male suspect “without incident.”

The suspect’s name has not been released by RCMP, and it’s unclear if he’s facing charges at this time.

No firearms were discharged and no one was injured as a result of the incident, which lasted just over 15 minutes, say police.

“This was an event that occurred in a high traffic public place with several RCMP members responding. We want to assure the public that the event was quickly contained and the risk minimized.  We are just starting our investigation so have no further details at this time.  We hope to have an update tomorrow” stated RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon in the news release.

RCMP call the incident “isolated,” and stated there’s reason for the public to be concerned.

More to come.


Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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