Lockdown in Nunavut community ends early Feb. 9
“There is no risk to public safety at this time"
(Updated 11:50 a.m., Feb. 9)
An overnight lockdown in the Kitikmeot community of Gjoa Haven has ended with the death of an armed man.
Members of the RCMP detachment in Gjoa Haven received a firearms-related call Feb. 8 from a local residence in the community of about 1,300 people, which reported a suicidal man possibly armed with a rifle. They responded by putting the area “under containment.”
The man is believed to have since died by suicide.
“In the early morning hours of [Feb.9], police cautiously made entry into a residence whereupon they located a deceased male inside,” the RCMP said in a Feb. 9 news release. “There is no risk to public safety at this time.”
Another resident said the lockdown ended about 7:30 a.m. MST, noting that “everyone is fine, the town is safe.”
But when police first received the firearms call on the afternoon of Feb. 8, it prompted local RCMP members to put the community’s two schools under lockdown, and keep residents away from the 200 block.
Parents of students attending Quqshuun Ilihakvik elementary and Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik high school were permitted to pick up their children at about 5:30 p.m. MST Feb. 8.
But police continued to caution residents to stay away from certain areas, including the local hunters and trappers building.
Both schools re-opened for classes Feb. 9, said Nunavut’s education department.
The RCMP said its investigation is ongoing.