No charges after armed standoff in Iqaluit hospital

Nunavut RCMP say there will be no charges stemming from Thursday’s armed standoff at the Iqaluit hospital.

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Nunavut RCMP say there will be no charges stemming from Thursday’s armed standoff at the Iqaluit hospital.

The 23 year-old man who walked into the hospital lobby with a rifle surrendered to the RCMP after almost two hours.

The hospital was evacuated, traffic was disrupted and the RCMP’s emergency response team surrounded the lobby with heavily armed officers.

Instead of charges, the man is being held under the Mental Health Act.

The RCMP say mental health was a major contributing factor. The man is now being observed at the same hospital he held hostage.

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