Behchoko lockdown Monday appears unrelated to ‘suspicious death’ in community

RCMP now say that a lockdown in Behchoko Monday, including at local schools, was unrelated to a suspicious death in the community earlier in the day.

According to a news release issued by the Mounties Tuesday afternoon, officers responded to a report of a sighting of a male walking with a firearm.

The Emergency Response Team was in the community and responded to the complaint, RCMP stated.

As a precaution, RCMP say they initiated a “secure in place” and “lockdown” for the local schools and agencies.

It’s believed students were allowed to leave the school about 4:30 pm.

Mounties state that they continued to search for the male, however he was not located.

They say the investigation continued until 8:00 p.m., at which time RCMP concluded the extensive search for the male and lifted the lockdown and secure in place.

Mounties state that the information provided was unable to be corroborated and at this time, RCMP do not believe the community is at risk.

“A call of this nature can be very concerning for a community. Our officers responded quickly and were able to establish there was no immediate threat” states civilian RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon.

Earlier in the day, officers from Yellowknife were called in to help Behchoko RCMP with a suspicious death investigation.

It appears now that the incidents are unrelated.

Police have not released any further details about the death other than to say the victim was a male.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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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).

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