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NEWS: Nunavut April 16, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Nunavut RCMP arrest man, 28, in Cape Dorset homicide

Man surrenders to police at 4:30 p.m. April 16


(Updated 6:25 p.m., April 16)

Police in Cape Dorset have arrested a 28-year-old Cape Dorset man after the homicide of a 16-year-old boy came to light early in the morning of April 16.

Police said in a news release that members of the Nunavut RCMP major crimes unit are now investigating the boy’s death.

The 28-year-old will likely appear in court later this week, at which time police will release his name.

“As the investigation progresses in the next few days, the RCMP expect to lay a number of charges against this male at the Nunavut Court of Justice,” police said April 16 in a news release.

At about 7:30 a.m., RCMP members in Cape Dorset had responded to a call of a “possible homicide,” police said.

After going to a residence in Cape Dorset, they found the body of the 16-year-old boy. Police did not identify the dead boy, or say how he may have died.

Police in Cape Dorset then cordoned off and surrounded a housing unit in the community’s 2300 block, asking people who live in the area to stay away from their windows and remain indoors.

Police said an emergency response team flew to Cape Dorset to help contain a man inside the housing unit.

David Webber, the principal at Sam Pudlat elementary school, said he received a call from the RCMP in the late morning of April 16 advising him of an incident involving a firearm.

Webber said police asked that he, his staff, and any students stay indoors.

He said there were only about seven staff members at the school, and no students, because of an extended Easter holiday.

“I’ve looked out the window a few times today and there is no one around. It’s pretty quiet,” Webber said.

Police are asking that any members of the public who have information about this incident call the local RCMP detachment at 867-897-0123 or Crimestoppers at 1(800) 222-8477(TIPS) where they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

“The RCMP wishes to thank the community members of Cape Dorset for their ongoing support,” police said.

(More to follow)

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