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RCMP announce investigation into Calling Lake community lockdown

Reports of an armed individual resulted in two-hour emergency protocols in school, public areas April 11
Athabasca RCMP said they are conducting an investigation into an April 11 incident in Calling Lake that resulted in the deployment of emergency protocols in the Calling Lake School and surrounding community areas. File photo

An investigation into an incident that sparked an April 11 community lockdown in Calling Lake is underway, according to a release from the Athabasca RCMP. 

Const. Kyle Hotchkiss wrote in an April 13 release that Athabasca officers responded to mid-afternoon reports of an armed and intoxicated man walking in a heavily populated area in Calling Lake April 11 — reports suggested he may have been headed to a number of buildings open to the public. 

Officers arrived in the community and secured the Calling Lake School, which was on lockdown for approximately two hours. A systematic clearing of the area was conducted, and officers searched the community for the armed individual, who is known to police. 

The male was located without a firearm around 5:30 p.m., and after officers deemed the area safe from immediate threat the lockdown of the school and community areas were lifted. Athabasca RCMP are not releasing the name of the accused at this time, and further updates will be provided to the public as the investigation continues. 

Athabasca RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

More to come … 

Lexi Freehill,

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