Iqaluit RCMP have laid seven charges after an incident involving a barricaded man on Wednesday.

Oolayou Shoo, 24, faces charges of assault, assault with a weapon, careless use of a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, pointing a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

The police responded to a domestic violence-related call in the 200-block area, where a man was inside a home with two children and refusing to surrender. The Mounties began a dialogue with the man but he responded by pointing a firearm through the window and demanding that the police leave the area, according to an RCMP news release.

The neighbourhood was consequently closed off to the public and crisis negotiators spent 10 hours trying to conclude the ordeal. Finally, the man was arrested while trying to flee the residence on an all-terrain vehicle, the RCMP stated.

The two children inside the home were safely rescued.

The accused was due to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice today.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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