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Shots fired at Baffin Island Mounties' homes

03/18/2012 08:28 EDT | Updated 05/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Two RCMP officers and their families escaped unharmed early Sunday morning after a volley of shots was fired into each of their homes, the Mounties say.

An RCMP emergency response team from Iqaluit flew to Kimmirut, a Baffin Island community of 450 people about 120 kilometres southwest of Iqaluit, where negotiators were able to persuade a man, 22, to surrender without incident.

Police say once the officers moved their families to a safe place they learned from a local resident where the suspected gunman had gone.

"This deliberate targeting of our members at their residences is deeply disturbing,” RCMP Supt. Hilton Smee told reporters at a news conference. “It is a reminder of the great risk that our members deal with day to day in protecting in the communities that we live in and serve."

In 2007, Cst. Doug Scott, 20 was shot and killed in the community. Since then RCMP have been fired at in Kimmirut on two other occasions.

The RCMP say each home had three occupants including the officers, their spouses and a boy. They have all been moved out of the community and replacement officers brought in.

The name of the accused has not been released. Charges are pending and alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

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