Montreal

Hostage situation in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield ends after man turns himself in

A man in his 50s turned himself in peacefully around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He was taken to a hospital to be examined by doctors before being met by investigators.

Panic button inside business alerted police to situation at 4:50 p.m.

The man turned himself in peacefully around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He was taken to a hospital to be examined before being met by investigators. (Radio-Canada)

A hostage-taking situation in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, west of Montreal, has ended without incident. 

Sûreté du Quebec Sgt. Ingrid Asselin said around 4:50 p.m. Friday, an employee inside the Caisse Desjardins credit union activated an emergency button.

Police negotiators and the tactical squad arrived on the scene and established contact with a man in his 50s inside. 

The four hostages, all employees of the Caisse, were released by 10 p.m. They were unharmed.

The man, who is in his 50s and lives in the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield area, turned himself in peacefully around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

He was taken to a hospital to be examined by doctors and was released Saturday afternoon.

He is now meeting with investigators and police expect he will be charged with forceable confinement, uttering threats and weapons charges.

Police confirmed he was armed, but would not say what type of weapon he had in his possession.

Asselin says investigators do not yet know the motive behind the incident. 

With files from Radio-Canada