Yellowknife RCMP have charged a 16-year-old in relation to a police incident near the Yellowknife public library involving a replica handgun.

Police responded to a report of a ‘possible possession of a firearm’ by a man near the library Tuesday, February 5th. The library was evacuated as police sealed off the area.

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Police say they arrested the youth at the scene ‘without incident’ and seized a replica handgun, adding this is an isolated incident and there is no concern for public safety. Police spokesperson Marie York-Condon reminds the public to be cautious and follow gun laws.

‚ÄúThis shows the serious consequences related to firearms, whether real or replica. Persons should exercise caution and follow the guidelines for safe storage and transport of all firearms.”

Police have not named the man, as they are legally not allowed to do so under the Young Offenders Act. He is charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes. He will appear in Territorial Court to answer to the two charges.