|RCMP (QMI Agency/handout)
A 30-year-old man faces gun charges after shots were fired at RCMP members in a Nunavut detachment while they questioned a woman early Saturday.
Mounties say an intoxicated woman banged on the doors of the Kimmirut detachment at 2 a.m. and informed them that they were in danger.
She was immediately brought to the detachment for her own safety but while officers were speaking with her, a man shot multiple rounds at the office with a .303 calibre rifle. Bullets struck the building and the police truck causing considerable damage, RCMP said.
Police commended the roughly 10 people who made a citizen's arrest for putting their lives at risk to assist RCMP members.
"This situation could have easily turned into another devastating tragedy," Const. Supt. Steve McVarnock said in a statement Monday. "While the efforts of the residents were critical and greatly appreciated, I am extremely concerned with this matter, including the increasing number of violent incidents targeting our police officers in this small community since 2006."
More officers have been sent to the community as a result, RCMP said.
Joe Utye is charged with intentional discharge of a firearm, carrying a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace and four counts of uttering threats to cause death.