Residents of a small, remote Manitoba First Nation say they are relieved to have RCMP officers door knocking in their community, which some people haven’t left in days due to safety concerns in the massive search for two B.C. homicide suspects.
“I’d rather have police walking around here than having murder suspects over there or over there, I don’t know where they are,” Fox Lake Cree Nation resident Dwight Beardy told CBC News Friday night.
An RCMP tactical team dressed in camouflage went door to door on the First Nation, about a 45-minute drive from Gillam, Man.
It’s the new normal for the quiet community. Teams of police continue to swoop by the area and have a 24-hour checkstop set up that every driver must go through to get to the First Nation.
The hope is the door knocking will help drum up new tips about B.C. homicide suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.
For days, Mounties have relied on a drone, a canine unit and a helicopter in their effort to track down Canada’s two most wanted men.
“To have the RCMP presence is one thing, but the military, that’s stepping it up another level and once again that proves they really feel they are in the area,” says Gillam Mayor Dwayne Forman.
‘A lot of people feel uneasy’
The massive police hunt for the men has left the Fox Lake community members scared.
“I live here and a lot of people feel uneasy, on edge, like I do. You know I’m at home with a deadbolt. I have to lock my door that way, then I have another lock that I need to lock just so I feel safe,” said lifelong resident Linda Neckoway.
“My windows are all closed up just because I feel that fear that somebody could come in, even break the door down,” said Neckoway, who organized a community bonfire Friday night to help support her neighbours and young children.