Inmate hostage-taking at Edmonton Remand Centre resolved

CBC News has learned the hostage-taking situation at the Edmonton Remand Centre has been resolved.

Inmate used broken broomstick as weapon

CBC News has learned the hostage-taking situation at the Edmonton Remand Centre has been resolved.

Police were called to the facility Sunday afternoon when an inmate in the maximum security pod took his cellmate hostage after demands to speak to his lawyer were not met.

The inmate used a broken broomstick as a weapon during the standoff.

Officers received word of the situation around 12:30 p.m. MT Sunday, police say.

The hostage-taker – who is in his mid-20s – has a violent history, and sources tell CBC News he has attacked staff and other inmates in the past.

The entire facility was put on lockdown while Edmonton Police Service hostage negotiators worked to resolve the situation. 

No corrections workers were injured.

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