Saskatchewan

Saskatoon police charge 2 in standoff

Two men are facing charges after Saskatoon police responded to a gun call Friday morning.

Two men are facing charges after Saskatoon police responded to a gun call Friday morning.

Police responded to an 8 a.m. call in the 500  block of Avenue F South between 17th and 18th Streets West after a 33-year-old woman reported being threatened with a firearm, police said in a news release.

An emergency response unit and a canine unit were called in by officers after they responded.

A man left the suite and went to an adjoining suite carrying a bag, police said, allowing officers to move the complainant and her child to safety. The man was contained to the suite he entered.

Crisis negotiators were able to call the man out of the suite and take him into custody without incident about 2½ hours after the initial call, police said.

At 11:40 they took a second man into custody.

After searching the suite a sawed off shotgun and ammunition were seized, police said.

A 35-year-old Saskatoon man is facing several charges, including uttering threats to cause death. 

The second suspect, 40, also of Saskatoon, has been charged with firearm-related offences. Both men will be held in custody pending a court appearance, police said. 

Residents were asked to stay inside their houses during the standoff, and the entire block was secured. No one was injured in the incident.

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