RCMP identify suspect in Fort Good Hope stabbings

Twenty four year-old Thaddeus McNeely is believed by authorities to still be in the community


Fort Good Hope pictured in an August 2021 file photo. (File photo/CKLB)

Northwest Territories RCMP say they have identified a person of interest in a Tuesday night stabbing spree in Fort Good Hope that left one dead and two injured.

In a press conference just after noon on Wednesday, RCMP Superintendent Jeffrey Christie identified 24 year-old Thaddeus McNeely as a person of interest in the attacks.

Christie said McNeely is believed to still be in the community, although he hasn’t yet been found. It was also not immediately clear if the attacks were random or targeted.

Police responded to the incident shortly after 8:30 on Tuesday night, in which three people were stabbed, one of them fatally. The other two have since been medevaced to Yellowknife.

The incident prompted the RCMP to issue a shelter in place request for the community, which has since been lifted.

At the time of the press conference, about 20 officers were present in the community. Christie said it’s possible other persons of interest could be identified as well.

This story will be updated as more details become available. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the local RCMP detachment at 867-598-1111 or leave a tip with Crime Stoppers.

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Ian Down
Ian Down is a general news reporter from the West Island of Montreal. After studying journalism and computer science at Concordia University, he came to Yellowknife in 2021, joining the CKLB team in September 2022. When not behind his desk, you can find him at a local Yellowknife poetry reading, or annoying his roommates by playing his clarinet at odd hours. Feel free to reach out with any tips or story ideas at ian.down@cklb.com.