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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.

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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.

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