Whitehorse RCMP are investigating the alleged careless use of a firearm after an incident in Whitehorse on January 12. Police do not believe there is a risk to the public.
At approximately 2:30pm on January 12, police received a call that a firearm had been discharged in a home and had travelled into a separate unit inside the building. Though there was damage to the building, there were thankfully no injuries. Police executed a search warrant at the residence, and the investigation is ongoing.
Firearms incidents are preventable. Anyone in possession must understand and follow laws about safe storage, transportation, and display of firearms, including taking steps to ensure a firearm cannot be fired accidentally, such as using a trigger lock or cable lock, or removing the bolt when the firearm is stored.
"We know that most Yukoners who own firearms have them legally and understand the safety factors that need to be considered," says Cpl. Brent Edwards of the Whitehorse RCMP Detachment. "It is useful to regularly review your storage process to make sure it still fits the needs of your household."
Police are still following up with witnesses and others involved in this January 12 incident. Anyone with information about it is encouraged to contact Whitehorse RCMP at 867-667-5551. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers via phone at 867-667-6715 or online at www.crimestoppersyukon.ca.