New Brunswick

One person in custody as Fredericton standoff comes to an end

Fredericton police say one person has been taken into custody without incident following a call that included a barricaded person on Thursday. The area blocked off since around 8 a.m. is gradually reopening.

Incident put two universities and several schools under lockdown

Fredericton police spent much of the day in the College Hill area of Fredericton conducting the operation that required the lockdown of two universities, a community college and three public schools. (Gary Moore/CBC)

A 28-year-old man has been taken into custody after an hours-long confrontation on Fredericton's south side.

Fredericton police had blocked off an area of the College Hill neighbourhood from about 8 a.m. after a neighbour called police about a man with a firearm.

Police say the man barricaded himself into a two-unit residence and police negotiated with him most of the day until at 3:40 p.m. the man surrendered and was taken into custody. The man said he had injured himself but did not require medical attention.

Insp. Kimberly Quartermain said no shots were fired, but there was a risk to the public because other people were in the building.

Police got a family out of the upstairs unit, along with three roommates in the unit the man had barricaded himself in.

"There's no indication that he held anybody there against their will," said Quartermain.

She said Fredericton police have had previous contact with the suspect and he has a criminal record.

After the man surrendered when police secured the home, they found two long guns, a bulletproof vest and knives,

Quartermain said a search warrant will be executed and the home will be further searched.

The man will appear in Fredericton Provincial Court on Friday to face charges.

Some schools on hold and secure

St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick were under lockdown or hold and secure orders while police dealt with the incident.

Three nearby schools were also locked down during the incident, along with NBCC Fredericton.

Students at Montgomery Street School were eventually moved to the Grant-Harvey Centre at 600 Knowledge Park Drive.

Police said parents could pick up students there.

École Sainte-Anne, and École de Bâtisseurs were also under hold and secure orders, which means doors were locked but students were free to move around inside.

Parents of students at those two schools were told students may arrive home late as buses were being loaded one at a time when the school day ended. Students who walk home had to be picked up by parents. 

David McTimoney, superintendent of Anglophone West School District, said in a tweet Priestman School was also locked down, but that was lifted earlier Thursday morning.

With files from Gary Moore

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