Two males arrested after police deploy Taser: RCMP

Altercation and ongoing incident reported in downtown core, Saturday

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Police deployed a Taser device while arresting two males Saturday afternoon after RCMP responded to “altercation” on a downtown vacant lot across from Centre Square Mall.

The incident occurred on 50 Street between 51 and 50 Avenue at around 3 p.m., states a news release from the RCMP.

According to police, both Yellowknife RCMP and Yellowknife Fire Division emergency medical response services were at the scene.

Police say a Conducted Energy Weapon, more popularly known as a Taser, was used as the two men were taken into custody.

No charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.

This latest incident follows a recent city council presentation by April Desjarlais, owner of the Finn Hansen Building which is next door to the day shelter and sobering centre on 50 Street. She complained about the violence and general mayhem that has occurred since the facility opened on 50 Street last fall.

Public video postings of violence on social media of the area, as well as the creation of a new Facebook group by Desjarlais called, Yellowknife Day Shelter Neighhours Group gathered significant media and community attention last week.

Saturday’s incident follows another Wednesday where an alleged assault  occurred in front of the Finn Hansen Building.

Police are asking any witnesses in the area with video footage of Saturday’s incident to contact the Yellowknife RCMP detachment.

“It is in a high population density area, so public citizens may have witnessed the incident and some may have recorded it,” stated Marie York-Condon, spokesperson for the RCMP.  “RCMP are asking for any witnesses or anyone with video footage to please attend the Yellowknife Detachment to assist with the investigation.”

Information about the incident can also be provided by contacting either Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8295 and editorial@nnsl.com.