Man arrested after school lockdown in Tsiigehtchic

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

It’s taken two days for the RCMP to tell the public there was a school lockdown in Tsiigetchic earlier this week.

In a news release sent Thursday morning, Fort McPherson RCMP said it received a call on Tuesday about a potential threat at the Chief Paul Niditchie school.

Richard Andre, a 60-year-old man from the community, threatened to “shoot everyone.”

Fort McPherson RCMP, which services Tsiigetchic, responded after requesting back up from officers in Inuvik.

Police say the lock down was a precaution for the safety in the community.

RCMP located Andre at a nearby residence and arrested him. The school re-opened after the arrest with no students or staff injured.

Now, Andre is facing two charges of uttering threats, and one count of failing to comply with release orders.

He’s being held in Yellowknife for a bail hearing.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.