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NEWS: Iqaluit February 09, 2018 - 8:00 am

Iqaluit man charged after short standoff with Nunavut RCMP

Man threatened police with ulu and knife

STEVE DUCHARME
Davidee Temela, 34, has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, uttering threats, resisting arrest and breach of an undertaking, following a short standoff with police. (FILE PHOTO)
Davidee Temela, 34, has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, uttering threats, resisting arrest and breach of an undertaking, following a short standoff with police. (FILE PHOTO)

An Iqaluit man is facing multiple criminal charges after a woman was held up with a knife, prompting a standoff with police last Sunday.

Davidee Temela, 34, has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, uttering threats, resisting arrest and breach of an undertaking, the RCMP said in a statement on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Police responded to calls of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman outside a residence shortly after midnight Feb. 4, police said.

By the time officers arrived, the man had already pulled a knife on the woman, but retreated back into a residence when police confronted him.

The man surrendered after a one-hour standoff, but police were first forced to reposition after he allegedly threatened them with a knife and an ulu in either hand.

“This was a very volatile situation that unfolded successfully,” said RCMP “V” Division media liaison, Cpl. Henry Coman.

“Fortunately, our members were able to reason with Mr. Temela and resolve this peacefully. The protection of life is our number one priority at every call.”

Alcohol is believed to be a factor, the RCMP said.

Temela is scheduled to appear before a judge for a bail hearing, Feb. 15, at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

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