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Standoff in Iqaluit's Happy Valley neighbourhood enters day 3

04/30/2015 08:07 EDT | Updated 08/07/2015 07:59 EDT
An armed standoff in Iqaluit's Happy Valley neighbourhood has entered its third day, prompting a second straight day of closures at the nearby Joamie school as RCMP crisis negotiators communicate with a man who's been barricaded inside his home since Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to a call Tuesday afternoon in the Happy Valley area about a distressed man in a house in the Iqaluit neighbourhood. RCMP say a number of shots have been fired from the residence, and ask that residents continue to follow the roadblock due to the high risk to the general public. 

​RCMP and municipal enforcement officers set up roadblocks at the intersections of Atungauyait Drive and Qiyuttaat Lane at around 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 28. Armed police, including an Emergency Response Team, are watching a house in the area and neighbours have been asked to stay inside their homes.

Malcolm McNeil, a constable with the Iqaluit RCMP, said Wednesday that police are doing the best they can.

"With all of our resources being used for dealing with this incident, we're doing our best to deliver that message and basically keep the public and ourselves safe in this situation and help the individual who is locked up in his residence."

School remains closed Thursday morning

On Thursday morning, Sonja Lonsdale, principal of Joamie school, said the school will be closed again this morning. Joamie, which sits on a hill above the house where the incident is unfolding, was closed yesterday.

Lonsdale told CBC she would provide another update at 11:30 a.m. EST.

"I think everyone in the community is hoping for a peaceful outcome," says Hunter Tootoo, who lives in the Happy Valley area. "You know, when something happens like this in a small town, everybody feels it."

"Over the past 26 hours, there have been a number of shots fired from within the residence," said Iqaluit RCMP in a statement released around 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. "Negotiations are ongoing in attempts to successfully resolve this situation.

"We understand the strain placed on the residents in Happy Valley and the surrounding area and we appreciate everyone's co-operation."

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