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Man arrested after standoff near Red Deer

Police took one man into custody after a five-hour standoff at a gravel pit east of Red Deer on Saturday.

RCMP blocked roads and set up a command post at a neighbouring farm at about 12:30 p.m. in response to information that an armed man had gone to the Ninkovich gravel pit, across the river from Fort Normandeau, and was threatening to harm himself.

Blackfalds RCMP were helped by several units, including Red Deer City RCMP, police dogs, a helicopter and the Emergency Response Team.

An unidentified man was taken into police custody at about 5:30 p.m. RCMP report that there were no injuries.

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