Quebec provincial police are warning residents of the northern village of Salluit to stay inside as they search for an armed suspect in the community.
The police service sent a tweet alerting residents to the danger at 12:35pm on Monday warning them to stay inside, lock their doors, stay away from the windows:
#Alerte MENACE IMMINENTE | Suspect armé dans le secteur de Salluit.
Si vous êtes dans ce secteur, n’approchez pas le suspect, verrouillez les portes, éloignez-vous des fenêtres, quittez le secteur s’il est sécuritaire de le faire. D’autres détails suivront. Si vu, 📞 911 pic.twitter.com/aJ6EJQdu6s
— SQ Nord (@Surete_Nord) November 14, 2022
A Quebec provincial police, Sûreté du Québec, spokesperson told Eye on the Arctic the 24 year-old man armed man was last seen travelling on foot.
Salluit, a village of around 1,500 people is located near the Hudson Strait in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec.
Nunavik’s 14 communities are served by the Nunavik Police Service. Quebec provincial police officers rotate in and out of the communities when needed or to assist with vacant posts until they are filled.
The Quebec provincial spokesperson couldn’t immediately say how many officers from the service are currently in the community responding to the incident.
Police are warning residents not to approach the suspect if sighted.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Police response times up to an hour slower in Arctic Finland, Yle News
Sweden: Criminal gang activity moving into northern Sweden, Radio Sweden
United States: Violence Against Women bill would expand power of up to 30 Alaska tribal courts, Alaska Public Media