Police advise Wikwemikong residents to shelter in place (update)
The subject of an emergency alert on Manitoulin Island is not considered a danger to the general public, but individuals should still shelter in place, officials say.
Just after 12 p.m. Tuesday, Ontario Provincial Police issued an emergency alert regarding an armed and dangerous person in Wiikwemikong First Nation. OPP advised members of the public to lock all windows and door and notify police of any suspicious person.
In a statement, Wiikwemkoong Unceeded Territory said these precautions are being taken “out of an abundance of caution,” after consultations with Wiikwemkoong Tribal Police.
“Police Chief Scoot Cooper has had communication with Ogimaa Manitowabi and has assured the individual named is not a threat to the general public,” it wrote in a release. “However, with the ultimate safety for all in mind, the safe and cautious measure of sheltering in place has been advised to the community.”
Wiikwemkoong officials added that an updated advisory will occur as Tribal Police remain in contact with Ogimaa Manitowabi.
The suspect is 39-year-old Luke Naokeegijg. He is describing as a 185-cm (6-foot-1) male of average build, with brown eyes, long black hair and a moustache. He was last seen wearing black jeans and a camo sweater.
The public is asked to continue to shelter in place until otherwise advised.
If you have any information pertaining to the incident or the subject, call 911. Monitor local media for further updates on this matter.