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5 men arrested after 'firearm incident' at Niagara Falls hotel

Niagara Regional Police say two employees at a hotel were confronted by a man with what appeared to be a gun early Sunday morning.

Hotel employees were able to escape and call police

Niagara Regional Police are investigating after two hotel employees in Niagara Falls were confronted by a man holding what appeared to be a gun. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Two men face several charges after five men were arrested, police say, after a "firearm incident" at a Niagara Falls hotel. 

Niagara Regional Police were called to a hotel around Ferry Street and Clark Avenue in Niagara Falls around 5 a.m. on Sunday for reports of a man with a gun. 

Two employees in the hotel were confronted by a man who held "what appeared to be a firearm," police say. The man holding the apparent gun was then joined by four other males.

A police spokesperson would not confirm whether a gun was at the scene, saying that if police wanted people to know if there was a gun or not, it would have been specified.

The two employees were able to run away and call the police. Two of the males attempted to flee in a getaway car, but were stopped by officers a short distance away and arrested. 

Members of the emergency task unit and negotiators responded to the area. Two other males were taken into custody, while the third stayed inside a room in the building. Police would not clarify if this was a guest room or not. 

At around 1:55 p.m., the last man was taken into police custody without incident. 

Three of the five men taken into custody have been released without charge. 

A 26-year-old Cambridge man and 21-year-old Brantford man face several firearm charges. 

The 26-year-old has been charged with robbery and unauthorized possession of a firearm and prohibited ammunition in a motor vehicle, among others. 

The 21-year-old faces charges including robbery, pointing a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm without license and prohibited ammunition in a motor vehicle, among others.