Man, 37, charged after 3 hour stand-off in Saskatoon

A 37-year-old man is facing a number of charges including attempted murder after a three-hour stand-off with police in Saskatoon Friday evening.

Charges include 3 counts of attempted murder and assaulting a police officer

A 37-year-old man is facing a number of charges including attempted murder after a three-hour stand-off with police in Saskatoon Friday evening.

Police responded to a call at about 7:00 p.m. CST to investigate an alleged assault against a woman on the 300 block of Coppermine Crescent.

According to police, she was able to escape the home, but the man, who was armed with a rifle shot at her from inside the house. She took cover behind a parked vehicle until police arrived.

Four other people were able to leave the residence and hid with the woman behind the same vehicle.

Police say the man shot in the direction of the responding officers, prompting police to use their Bearcat, or armoured vehicle, to rescue the five people who escaped from the home.

Police said they were in telephone contact with the man, who they described as "calm." At one point they were set to deploy a remote-control device as part of their response to the situation.

Man surrendered peacefully

According to CBC’s Mark Apollonio, who was on the scene, there were indications around 9:30 p.m. that the man was prepared to surrender himself peacefully to police, however that did not happen right away.

It appeared the man wanted to finish some beer.

With help from the tactical support unit as well as crisis negotiators and the explosive disposal unit, police were able to convince the man to surrender at about 10:00 p.m., after police asked the city to cut power to the area.

The Bearcat and the parked vehicle were hit with gunfire during the stand-off. Police did not fire any shots.

The 37-year-old is facing a myriad of charges, including three counts of attempted murder for attempts against the woman and two police officers, assaulting a police officer and a number of weapons-related charges.

with files from Mark Apollonio and John Weidlich