Update: Armed stand off in Iqaluit ends peacefully

Update: The RCMP say that the stand off in Iqaluit has ended peacefully with no injuries. One person is in custody. 

An neighbourhood in Iqaluit, Nunavut is under police lockdown, as RCMP negotiate with a person barricaded inside a home.

A police press release described the suspect as “possibly armed” and that there are “several” other people in the residence as well.

The 200 area of Iqaluit covers parts of the Iqaluit neighbourhoods of Lower Iqaluit and Happy Valley.

The RCMP said they received the call shortly after midnight but haven’t had to fly in extra police yet, still local officers on the scene.

The area blocked off is from the Museum to the Grind and Brew coffee shop.

This is the second stand-off for the Nunavut capitol in just over a month.

The last stand-off was after the Labour Day weekend.

The nearby Nakasuk Elementary School is open today, but all Iqaluit students in the 200 area are being kept home from school.

According to Statistics Canada, Nunavut leads the country in both highest rate of crime and crime severity.

More to come.

Video Journalist / Iqaluit

Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.