Young offender charged after jail disturbance

Police have charged a young offender after an incident at the young offender facility on Monday.

Police have charged a young offender with assaulting a police officer, uttering threats and mischief over $5,000 after an incident at the young offender facility on Monday.

“Staff at the facility advised an 18-year-old man was out of control and needed police assistance,” Whitehorse RCMP Cpl. Geoffrey Peters said in a news release.

The man was using a table leg and a fire extinguisher to cause damage inside the facility, according to the force.

He was also charged with possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes.

Police pepper-sprayed the man to subdue him.

He was arrested without injury, Whitehorse RCMP said.

One RCMP officer suffered minor injuries.

Because of the use of the spray and fire extinguisher, other inmates had to be transferred from the Range Road building to the Arrest Processing Unit in the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

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