Man taken into custody after report of ‘armed and barricaded situation’

Yellowknife RCMP responded to a call for service at an apartment building in downtown Yellowknife on March 24. An adult male was taken into custody without incident. Arthur C. Green/CKLB Radio

On Tuesday evening, Yellowknife RCMP blocked off a street due to a report of an armed and barricaded situation.

A news release does not make clear what the situation was.

The release says police responded to multiple complaints of a loud disturbance coming from Sunridge Place apartments on 51A Ave., at 5 p.m.

“After several hours, at approximately midnight, diversion devices, (loud bangs) were deployed by RCMP,” Marie York-Condon, RCMP spokesperson, said in an email. “As a result, an adult male was taken into custody without incident. No injuries were sustained during this incident.”

CKLB broke the news of the police presence on social media and counted eight units on the scene, as well as an awaiting ambulance.

The road is blocked on 51A Ave by the RCMP. There is also an awaiting ambulance. No word on what is unfolding. The street is completely silent.-Arthur C. Green

Posted by CKLB Radio 101.9 FM – Yellowknife on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

RCMP’s Yellowknife General Investigation Section, Critical Incident team, Crisis Negotiations, Police Dog Services, and Emergency Response team were all on scene.

Heavy police presence on 51A Ave in Yellowknife at this hour. -Arthur C. Green

Posted by CKLB Radio 101.9 FM – Yellowknife on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The city’s municipal enforcement and fire division was also there to assist.

“This was a single, isolated incident and the public was not believed to be at risk at the time,” York-Condon said.

The release said the investigation is ongoing and no more information will be released.

CKLB has reached out for clarification on what type of “diversion devices” were used.

RCMP replied saying it was “unable to provide details on the type of equipment or tactics that may be used in a call such as this” but clarified that no firearms were discharged.

With files from Francis Tessier-Burns

About the Author

Arthur C. Green
Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked as a spot news photographer/journalist with such news organizations as Vista-radio, CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire and Postmedia in Alberta.