The Northwest Territories RCMP is continuing their investigation into the multiple stabbing incident in the community of Fort Good Hope, which occurred in the evening of September 20, 2022.
The RCMP responded within minutes of the initial report at approximately 8:36 p.m. Three victims were located near the property believed to be the primary crime scene; one of whom is deceased and the two other received significant injuries, and have been receiving medical treatment.
Investigators believe this to be an isolated and targeted incident, where the suspect and victims are known to each other. The motive for the attack is still under investigation.
24-year-old Thadeus McNeely, a resident of Fort Good Hope, has been identified the lone suspect. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
McNeely Is described as:
- First Nations man
- 6 ft tall approximately 185cms
- 70kgs 155lbs
- Slender build
- Black hair
- Brown eyes
There is an ongoing and active police presence in the community in an effort to locate McNeely. While the emergency alert that was issued on the evening of September 20 asking for residents to shelter in place has since been rescinded, police are asking the community to remain vigilant as the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous. Please continue to report any suspicious activity to the local detachment at 867-598-1111 or 911.
The RCMP would like to acknowledge that this incident is concerning and traumatic for those in this isolated community of Fort Good Hope. Their top priority is to keep the public safe and they are working with Victim Services alongside the community to ensure they have the right resources in place to offer assistance.
In a sudden press conference, Yellowknife RCMP Superintendent Jeff Christie provided detailed information regarding the stabbing incident in Fort Good Hope
“As you are aware, there’s been an exhaustive two day police search for a lone suspect in a multiple stabbing incident in Fort Good Hope. Thaddeus McNeely has now turned himself in to the RCMP in Fort Good Hope. He has been arrested, and he will be remanded into police custody.”
Residents of Fort Good Hope can expect to see ongoing influx of police officers in their community as they secure the crime scene, collect evidence and continue their investigation. Northwest Territories RCMP leadership will also continue to work with the community leaders to keep them apprised of updates as this investigation continues.
“I would like to once again relay my appreciation to the members of the Fort Good Hope community for their overwhelming show of support to our officers while they searched for the suspect these last couple of days,”
The RCMP are still conducting further investigations into this matter. They encourage anyone with relevant information to reach out to them at 867-598-1111. Any information can prove useful to a police investigation, no matter how small it may seem.