Fort McPherson RCMP initiate schools’ lockdown in Tsiigehtchic following threats, one man charged

Tsiigehtchic, Northwest Territories – A man has been arrested by Fort McPherson RCMP and has been charged after making threats, involving a firearm, at a school in Tsiigehtchic.

School Threats
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At approximately 12:53 pm, on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020, Fort McPherson RCMP received a call for service regarding a potential threat being made at a school in Tsiigehtchic.

A 60-year-old man uttered threats multiple times to obtain a firearm and shoot “everyone”.

Members from Fort McPherson RCMP responded immediately, and a request for back-up support was made to Inuvik RCMP.

As a result of the potential threat and as a precaution for the safety of everyone in the community, a lockdown was initiated at both local schools in Tsiigehtchic.

RCMP arrived in the community and searched for the individual. He was located shortly after at a residence and safely arrested without incident.

Both local schools resumed their normal operations after the arrest. No students or staff were injured during this incident.

As a result of this, Richard Andre, a 60-year-old man from Tsiigehtchic, is charged with:

Two counts of Uttering Threats sec 264.1(1) CC
One count of Fail to Comply with Release Order sec 145(5) CC
Richard Andre has been remanded to Yellowknife for bail hearing.

Anyone with information on suspicious activity is asked to call Fort McPherson RCMP at 952-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.

Fort McPherson RCMP
Northwest Territories RCMP

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