Update 5: Individual in custody, RCMP thank Mosquito First Nation for patience, co-operation

UPDATE: One adult male was arrested without incident outside a residence on Mosquito First Nation Thursday by the RCMP Emergency Response Team, say RCMP.

There may be continued officer presence by the Battlefords RCMP in the community while further investigation is completed.

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A release from Saskatchewan RCMP stated, “The RCMP wants to recognize the Mosquito First Nation community for their patience and co-operation during this incident. We also want to thank news agencies for swiftly posting our earlier news release.”

Further information about this investigation will be provided Friday, say RCMP.

UPDATE: Mosquito Grizzly Bear's Head Lean Man First Nation chief and council have posted on their Facebook page that an individual is in custody, however precautionary measures are still in effect. No entrance into the First Nation and no travel within.

Earlier, the Facebook page advised reserve members to remain indoors, lock doors and windows and stay away from windows as an emergency had arisen and that they would be notifed when the coast was clear.

BACKGROUND: Battlefords RCMP is currently on scene at a residence located on the town site of Mosquito First Nation, in response to the report of an adult male allegedly uttering threats. At this time, police believe the male is in possession of a firearm.

The News-Optimist is on the scene, reporting an armoured vehicle has just been brought in and more RCMP vehicles have arrived.

RCMP are asking residents to avoid the area.

Residents can expect to see a heavy police presence in the area for an undetermined amount of time.

RCMP say an update will be provided once more information is available.

Photos from the incident have been removed at the request of band security in the interests of safety.


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