9-hour standoff in Saskatoon ends with suspect's surrender
Police say standoff began after a man wanted on warrants called police uttering threats late Friday
Saskatoon police have arrested a man without incident following a standoff outside of a house that lasted nearly 9 hours and ended Saturday morning.
Officers at the scene say it all began when police in Edmonton contacted the Saskatoon Police Service about a man they believed was in the city.
The suspect is wanted on about a dozen outstanding warrants in Edmonton.
Sgt. Patrick Barbar was on the scene Saturday morning. He says the standoff started after police were unable to contact the man inside the home.
The man phoned police late Friday evening, reportedly uttering threats.
"He did contact the police service communications section. He made, at that time, threats against members," Sgt. Barbar said. "Of course, fearing for our own safety and that of the surrounding community, there were some allegations that he might have a firearm as well."
That's when police and crisis negotiators began the standoff outside of the house on the 400 block of 25th Street W. at around 12 a.m. CST Saturday. Police did not say whether the suspect had a weapon.
Police were able to negotiate face-to-face with the man shortly before 9 a.m. The man surrendered shortly after that.
"The negotiators were in contact with him throughout the night, on and off," Sgt. Barbar said. "We did have an open line for most of the night."
The 31-year-old man now faces two new charges for breach of recognizance and uttering threats to cause death.
Officers had blocked traffic in the area early Saturday, but it was back to normal after cruisers left shortly after the standoff ended. No residents in the area were required to leave their homes.