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Police negotiators, tactical unit called in after woman forces way into southeast Calgary condo

Calgary police evacuated a condo complex in Inglewood on Sunday after reports of a woman with a weapon trying to force her way into several residences escalated into a standoff that lasted for several hours.

Police evacuate Inglewood condo complex until suspect arrested after several hour standoff

Police responded to the SoBow condo complex in the southeast Calgary neighbourhood of Inglewood on Sunday evening. (Helen Pike/CBC)

Calgary police evacuated a condo complex in Inglewood on Sunday after reports of a woman with a weapon trying to force her way into several residences escalated into a standoff that lasted for several hours.

Police were called to the SoBow complex at the 100 block of Inglewood Park southeast  just before 4 p.m., the Calgary Police Service said in a release early Monday.

The woman got into one of the units and the occupants fled to safety without injury, police said. 

"Officers conducted a rapid entry into the building, evacuating occupants while searching for the suspect, who was located and contained in a unit," the release said. 

Residents of the building were taken to a safe location while negotiators and the tactical unit were brought to the scene. 

Residents of the SoBow condo development took shelter in Calgary Transit buses after their building was evacuated for a police response on Sunday. (Helen Pike/CBC)

The fire department was also called to assist because what was thought to be smoke was seen coming from the building. But it was later determined there was no fire and the apparent smoke was the result of a fire extinguisher that had been released, police said.

The suspect was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and no further information can be released at this point.

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