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NEWS: Nunavut August 07, 2012 - 8:15 pm

Nunavut RCMP cope with yet another gun scare

Distraught 20-year-old in Igloolik waves rifle, asked RCMP to kill him


(updated at 3:45 p.m.)

Nunavut RCMP members were forced to respond to yet another incident involving firearms Aug. 7, when they arrested a distraught, armed 20-year-old man after two hours of negotiation.

At about 6:30 p.m., police responded to an urgent call for help at a house in Igloolik,  an Aug. 8 RCMP news release said.

The caller said a man was threatening to kill himself.

When the two police officers arrived, they found a sober 20-year-old man who approached the police and pointed a rifle at them.

They immediately took cover, the news release said.

The two officers then requested the presence of a third police officer. The police officers attempted to calm the man down “in an effort to reduce his agitated state,” the news release said.

But the man is alleged to have made death threats to the police and told them he wanted the police to kill him. 

Then, still carrying the rifle, the man sped out of Igloolik on an all-terrain vehicle that did not belong to him. Police allege he took the vehicle without permission.

While driving, the man collided into the side of an RCMP truck in which a police officer was sitting.

The Igloolik RCMP, through the hamlet’s radio station, asked people to remain indoors during the incident.

After two hours of negotiating, police arrested the man.

Shawn Kappianaq, who turned 20 on July 17, faces the following charges:

• assault on a peace officer with a weapon;

• possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;

• pointing a firearm;

• uttering death threats;

• taking a motor vehicle without consent;

• dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; and,

• fleeing a police officer.

“Although we are trained for and understand the high risks involved in protecting the lives and the communities in which we serve, it is difficult for us to comprehend this ongoing attempt in targeting our members,” said Supt. Hilton Smee, the criminal operations officer for RCMP in Nunavut, in the news release. “It is truly deeply disturbing.” 

No one was killed or injured during the incident and Kappianaq remains in police custody.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Igloolik RCMP (867) 934-0123, police said.

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