Updated: Dangerous person alert cancelled for Montreal Lake, 2 suspects arrested

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UPDATE: Justice Bird, 29, was taken into custody at a residence north of Montreal Lake on Friday, Oct. 13.

RCMP cancelled a dangerous person alert for Montreal Lake Cree Nation on Thursday night, although one suspect remains at large.

The Waskesiu detachment initially issued the alert at 3:50 p.m. It was cancelled later that night at 10:12 p.m.

One of the two suspects – who wasn’t named – has been taken into custody. The RCMP initially named two suspects, but removed the second man’s name shortly after because they were still confirming the identity.

One victim is in hospital, according to the RCMP. The two suspects were reported to be armed with a gun.

“There is no current immediate risk to public safety identified. If this changes, we will update the public immediately,” reads an update from the RCMP.

Police are still looking for 29-year-old Justice Bird.

He’s described as 5’9” and 166 lbs, with black hair, brown eyes, and several face tattoos. He was last seen wearing a white ball cap and black and white clothes.

Justice Bird. — RCMP/Submitted

Leadership posted updates in a Facebook page for Montreal Lake band members.

In a post at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday, leadership said the school was placed in a hold and secure and buses would not take students home until given the go-ahead from authorities. Later in the day, according to a community notice, students were taken home one bus at a time and were escorted by police.

All Montreal Lake buildings were placed on lockdown, which remained in place on Friday.

There was no school for staff or students and the health centre was only open for emergencies.

“We will have mental health supports visit us on site on Monday to support our school family if required,” reads a message from SABMS, the Montreal Lake school.

“We love you all and thank you again for ensuring the safe return home of all our students.”

Chief Joyce Naytowhow McLeod declined to comment as the matter remains under police investigation.

Montreal Lake Cree Nation is located about 100 km north of Prince Albert.