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Tuktoyaktuk man arrested after pointing rifle at RCMP

Photo of the Tuktoyatuk sign. Luisa Esteban/ Cabin Radio.
A sign welcomes visitors to Tuktoyatuk. Luisa Esteban/Cabin Radio

Tuktoyaktuk RCMP say they were able to safely diffuse an incident involving a firearm in the hamlet.

RCMP were dispatched the morning of June 18 after receiving a call describing an intoxicated male with a firearm outside a residence.

On arrival, police say the man pointed a loaded rifle at them and fired a single shot into the air, but were able to negotiate with him and took the man into custody.

“The quick response, patience, and de-escalation techniques used by the responding RCMP members allowed the situation to be resolved peacefully with no reported injuries,” an RCMP press release stated.

Later that day, a search warrant was executed and nine improperly stored firearms were seized.

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The man has since been released from custody but is facing several charges.

Just weeks ago, a similar incident was reported in Ulukhaktok.