Man taken into custody after stand off

A man was taken into custody early Friday night after police responded to a high-risk incident on the northeast edge of Eastview Estates in Red Deer.

A man was taken into custody early Friday night after police responded to a high-risk incident on the northeast edge of Eastview Estates in Red Deer.

Red Deer city RCMP cordoned off several blocks in the neighbourhood after an emergency was reported at about 4 p.m.

Cpl. Leanne Molzahn was positioned with her cruiser at the corner of Erickson Drive and Eastman Crescent. She was busy turning drivers around so they couldn’t drive into Eastman Crescent or continue heading down Erickson Drive.

“We responded to a high-risk call,” said Molzahn.

She declined to say anything further.

Dozens of people were not allowed back into their homes for some time because police were not allowing them anywhere within several blocks of where the incident occurred. About six police cruisers were seen in the area. One police officer was observed carrying an armoured vest into the area.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a canine unit as well as officers with guns.

A spikebelt was laid down in at least one location in the neighbourhood for some time.

The man was apprehended without incident shortly before 6:30 p.m.

Police have not released any further details.

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