Rocky man gets court date after standoff

A Rocky Mountain House man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on several charges including threats to shoot police in a Boxing Day standoff.

A Rocky Mountain House man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on several charges including threats to shoot police in a Boxing Day standoff.

Whayne Tooley, 28, was ordered to stand trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on charges of extortion using a firearm and assault with a weapon.

The order by a judge in Rocky provincial court follows a two-day preliminary inquiry.

Tooley also faces two counts of uttering threats, careless use of a weapon, possession of a weapon and unlawful confinement.

He returns to court July 17 to hopefully set a trial date.

The charges arose after an incident in Rocky Mountain House on Dec. 26.

Police were called to a residence after a woman reported that her fiancé had assaulted her, was armed with a gun and was threatening to shoot police.

An RCMP emergency response team, including a hostage negotiator and police dog unit, responded to the call.

A suspect surrendered four hours later without incident.

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