RCMP swarmed the Highland Green neighbourhood on Friday morning after receiving a report of a man armed with a firearm.
The call came in around 10:50 a.m. and police quickly set up road blocks in the Horn Street area.
G.H. Dawe Recreation Centre and G.H. Dawe School and St. Patrick’s Community School on Holt Street were under a precautionary “hold and secure” after being contacted by the RCMP.
Police sent out a public notice at 11:17 a.m. asking the public to avoid the area or stay indoors because of an “ongoing incident.”
RCMP, including the police dog unit, combed the area but did not locate the suspect.
“It is believed that he may have fled the location in a vehicle prior to police arrival,” says RCMP in a release.
“An ongoing investigation is underway in relation to the activities of several people in a residence within that community.”
An officer could be seen posted outside a home on Hewson Avenue but there was no other sign of activity on the street about noon.
Nearby, a police officer was seen taking photos of debris on the grass on the east side of Taylor Drive at Horn Street. A pair of tire tracks were cut through the grass at the side of the road.
A caller to the Advocate said there were at least 10 police vehicles and officers carrying rifles in the Horn Street and Hewson Avenue area around 11 a.m.
A steady stream of visitors to the recreation centre in the late morning found locked doors and three police vehicles in the parking lot. The doors were opened again shortly after noon.
RCMP remind the public to remain vigilant for suspicious people and activities. Anyone who sees anything suspicious should not approach but call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or the local detachment.