There was a tense situation in N’Dilo Friday night after a man barricaded himself in a residence with access to firearms.
According to an RCMP news release, “On March 27, close to midnight, the Yellowknife RCMP were dispatched to check on the well-being of a 49-year-old man, who barricaded himself in a residence with a firearm.”
“Police officers immediately made a patrol and contained the area,” Julie Plourde an RCMP Media Relations spokesperson said. “Officers secured a perimeter around the residence and began communicating with the man who indicated that he had access to firearms.”
This is the second standoff situation for police in Yellowknife in five days. Plourde says, multiple RCMP units also responded to this incident, which included the NT RCMP Crisis Negotiation Team, Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Services.
“After several hours of negotiations throughout the night, around 6:00 a.m. the next day, the matter was resolved peacefully,” Plourde said. “The man surrendered to police without further incident.”
The man had access to a total of five firearms in the residence police say, which were seized after the man surrendered.
According to the RCMP, the man apprehended was transported to the hospital under the Mental Health Act.
Police say no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.
The man’s identity will not be made public. The two standoff situations which occurred in the last five days are not related.
Anyone with information on suspicious activity is asked to call Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.