All ends well after gunshot complaint in Gitsegukla

At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 5 police were called to Gitsegukla after receiving complaints of shots fired.

  • Jan. 5, 2012 5:00 p.m.

New Hazelton RCMP responded to a shots fired complaint in Gitsegukla on Jan. 5.

At approximately 1:45 a.m. the RCMP received the call and were directed to a home in the lower village area of the community, where they tried to contact the people in the home.

The North District Emergency Response Team were sent to the home due to the possible firearm involved.

The occupants in the home made no effort to speak to police, leading police to suspect there was a high risk situation at hand, the RCMP stated in a release.

With the help of the Gitsegukla Band’s fire department, the RCMP secured a large perimeter to reduce risk to nearby homes, the health unit and the elementary school.

Police say they still have questions over the incident, including who was responsible for the earlier gun shots and even if those were related to the home.

RCMP worked in cooperation with the local band chief and council. RCMP say that partnership allowed the situation was successfully defused as just after 11 a.m. an adult male and female, along with two small children, left the home and are now with the police, and all are uninjured.

The investigation into the situation is continuing and police are speaking to the residents to determine if there was any criminal offence or not.

“This peaceful outcome weighs heavily on the tremendous support and cooperation we received from the local band and the entire Gitsegukla community,”¬† said Cst. Lesley Smith, the North District Media Relations Officer. “This situation had all the indicators for a high risk incident¬†but with everyone working together police were able to establish communication and can safely say that no one was injured and two adults and two small children are safe.”