RCMP investigate yet another bear spray attack in Yellowknife

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

Yellowknife RCMP are investigating an assault with what appears to be bear spray at a downtown business.

According to a news release from the Mounties issued Monday afternoon, officers were called to a downtown business just before 9:00 pm Friday.

Police say they received a call for service from an alarm company after a downtown business’ alarm went off.

Officers attended the business located in the area of 50 Street and 50 Avenue.

They have not named the business.

On site, police say they found an employee in distress.

RCMP state they could also detect the presence of a noxious substance inside the business.

The City of Yellowknife Fire Division was called to assist with decontamination.

Mounties started an investigation with a police dog and the Forensic Identification Section.

Police say nothing was stolen from the business and no one sustained serious injuries.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

There is no suspect description.

This is the latest in a number of bear spray incidents in Yellowknife over the past few months.

Call RCMP or Crime Stoppers if you know who is responsible.


with files from Josh Campbell

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.