RCMP are assuring Behchoko residents there is no immediate threat after Mounties responded to a report of a man carrying a firearm in the community yesterday, prompting schools to be locked down.

Just before 4 p.m. on Monday, RCMP were alerted to a sighting a of man walking in the community with a firearm.

NWT RCMP’s emergency response team responded to the complaint, and, as a “precaution,” police “initiated a secure in place and lock down for the local schools and agencies,” in the community.

Police now say they never found a man carrying a gun.

“The information provided was unable to be corroborated and at this time, RCMP do not believe the community is at risk,” states spokesperson Marie York-Condon in the news release.

“A call of this nature can be very concerning for a community. Our officers responded quickly and were able to establish there was no immediate threat” she added.

Monday’s unsubstantiated report of a man with a firearm does not appear to be linked to the “suspicious” death of a man in the Behchoko, found on the same day.

Around 1 p.m. on Monday, additional RCMP officers were called into the community to assist Behechoko RCMP.

A man was found unresponsive and later declared dead. The man’s death is being treated as  suspicious and police are continuing to investigate.

Updates to follow.


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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