Suspect in fatal N.W.T. stabbing ‘arrested without any incident,’ RCMP say

By CityNews Staff

YELLOWKNIFE — RCMP in the Northwest Territories say the suspect in the stabbings of three people in Fort Good Hope was arrested late Thursday afternoon “without any incident.”

One person died in the Tuesday night attack and two others with significant injuries remain in hospital in stable condition.

Supt. Jeffrey Christie said 24-year-old Thadeus McNeely surrendered to police and was arrested at a residence in the community at 5:45 p.m.

“Right now there’s no ongoing risk, the RCMP do not feel there’s anyone else as a safety risk in the community,” he said.

Earlier Thursday Mounties said McNeely was the lone suspect.

Christie said while police anticipate filing charges, the investigation into the attack and McNeely’s whereabouts over the past 48 hours is still ongoing.

“The Northwest Territories RCMP leadership team would like to acknowledge the strong support of community leaders to keep them apprised and work with them through the investigation,” he said. 

“Their overwhelming show of support to our officers has been deeply appreciated.” 

Mounties had been going door-to-door in the remote community of about 500 people to speak with residents and potential witnesses. 

Police from Alberta and British Columbia were also involved in the investigation.

The RCMP has asked residents with any information about their investigation to contact police. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Emily Blake, The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous version had first name of suspect spelled Thaddeus.

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