Sask. First Nation tense after armed standoff
Band to hold healing circle after man, 38, arrested in incident
Members of a Saskatchewan First Nation were feeling nervous on Sunday, following an armed standoff involving a 38-year-old man on the reserve.
Broadview RCMP were called to the Cowessess First Nation after the man crashed his truck by a nearby golf course around 3:50 a.m. CST.
Witnesses said the man appeared distraught and was carrying a firearm, according to police.
While fire crews worked on extinguishing the truck fire, the man was firing shots at the exterior of his own house before locking himself inside, according to police.
RCMP negotiators convinced the man to come outside more than seven hours later. He was arrested without incident at about 11:40 a.m., according to police.
Cowessess Chief Grady Lerat told CBC News that the man lives on the reserve with his wife and teenage son.
Police said the wife and son had left the house before the standoff began. No one was injured, and RCMP say charges are pending against the man.
Lerat said the First Nation will hold a healing circle later on Sunday to talk with band members about what happened.
"If there's some apprehension by some of the community members … hopefully we'll be able to get to the root of it," Lerat said Sunday.
The Cowessess First Nation is located about 15 kilometres north of Broadview, along the Qu'Appelle Valley in eastern Saskatchewan.
About 700 of the First Nation's 3,700 members live on reserve, according to the band's website.