EDMONTON – A 31-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home on Sunday, Jan. 17, was charged Thursday with six different offences including assault and flight from police.
The man’s name is not being released because the event is linked to a domestic violence incident and identifying him could identify others involved.
He is charged with assault, intimidation, careless use/storage/possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm in a motor vehicle, unauthorized possession of a firearm and flight from police.
On Jan. 17, police were called because there was concern about a man who allegedly had a weapon and was driving a vehicle.
Police found the vehicle and tried to stop the driver, but he drove away.
A police chase began, the Air 1 helicopter was called in, and a man was then seen running from the vehicle into a residence in the Jasper Park neighbourhood, in the area of 154 Street and 90 Avenue.
A large police presence could be seen in the west Edmonton neighbourhood Monday morning, including the EPS Negotiators Unit.
Residents were alerted and École Notre Dame was closed because of the incident. Students were bussed to Maurice-Lavallee in Boonie Doon.
Ecole Notre Dame School in Edmonton is closed because of a police incident in the area, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Cliff Harris, Global News
Ecole Notre Dame School in Edmonton is closed because of a police incident in the area, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.
Cliff Harris, Global News
James Gibbons Elementary School, Stratford School, Parkview School and Laurier Heights School were open Monday morning but “on alert.”
Roads in the area were blocked off as police asked drivers to avoid the area.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, the man was arrested without incident.
“We surrounded that residence and safely contained and negotiated the capture of this individual,” Inspector Gary Godziuk said after the arrest.
A handgun was seized.
Police said the man didn’t live in the home. There were two people inside when he entered the house, but they were taken out safely, police added.
*EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published Jan. 18 and was updated with charges Feb. 4, 2016.