Youth with ‘various weapons’ assaults YK officer, say RCMP

RCMP have charged a 17-year-old with assault after what police say was an altercation on Friday involving “various weapons” and RCMP use of a taser.

Yellowknife RCMP say they received a call about an “altercation in progress” at a home on Byrne Road on Friday afternoon.

Four officers arrived and, according to a police news release on Monday, saw a young man armed with a range of weapons outside the home. Police said none of those weapons were firearms.


RCMP said the suspect ran inside the home, where other family members were staying, followed by police. RCMP used a Taser as “the suspect became violent towards the RCMP members,” the news release stated.

A police officer was reportedly injured in the incident and later taken to hospital. RCMP said the officer was left with injuries which are not life-threatening, while a family member also received a minor injury.

The 17-year-old, who is now in custody, is charged with assaulting a peace officer, uttering threats, mischief, and assault causing bodily harm.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act prevents publication of the suspect’s name.