18-13038 Male in Custody after Stand Off

In the afternoon of May 26 police attempted to stop an adult male riding a motor cycle who had outstanding warrants from Drumheller. This male fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed and entered into the Riverside area. No pursuit was initiated due to risk of harm to the community. Police later attended an address in Riverside to search for the male who again fled the area.

On May 27th police re-attended this area (200 block of 5 ST NW) in search of the suspect. The male was found to be in the home of his estranged common-law whom he is to have no contact with due to domestic violence charges pending before the courts. Police were able to safely remove the female and her friend from the home. The suspect male refused to exit and told police he would not cooperate.

Police had confirmed information that the male was recently in possession of a firearm while being prohibited from possessing firearms from a court conviction. The suspect has many previous dealings with police for violence related offences and conviction records related to violence. Due to these factors, and the risk posed to the community and police on scene, the tactical team, K9 and crisis negotiators were called out and assumed the scene.

Negotiations continued with the suspect who refused to exit peacefully. The tactical team breached a window to the home as part of the process to gain control of the dwelling and compress the area available to the suspect. Once this action was taken, the suspect quickly surrendered himself to police with no firearm in his possession.

The male is now in police custody awaiting a judicial interim release hearing with the Calgary Bail Office. Charges:

-flight from police

-dangerous driving

-breaches of current release conditions related to domestic violence

-warrants out of jurisdiction

The MHPS wants to thank the community, especially those in the neighborhood that was impacted by event in Riverside today. These events are resource intensive for police and by the public staying away from the crisis point, officers at scene were able to focus on the task at hand and ensure community safety. Well done Medicine Hat!

S/Sgt Fraser #279

Patrol Division

Team #4