Police investigate after standoff

Police continue to investigate after a man was arrested late Friday afternoon following a three-hour standoff with police in a residential area of Red Deer. Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, media liaison officer for the Red Deer City RCMP, said on Tuesday that police were called to a home on Everitt Crescent in Eastview Estates at about 3:30 p.m. by someone concerned about a potentially suicidal man armed with a hunting rifle and oilfield explosives.

Police continue to investigate after a man was arrested late Friday afternoon following a three-hour standoff with police in a residential area of Red Deer.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, media liaison officer for the Red Deer City RCMP, said on Tuesday that police were called to a home on Everitt Crescent in Eastview Estates at about 3:30 p.m. by someone concerned about a potentially suicidal man armed with a hunting rifle and oilfield explosives.

Members of the Red Deer City detachment along with the police service dog unit and emergency response teams from Red Deer and Calgary were called to the scene.

Traffic to the immediate area was blocked and several homes were evacuated as a safety precaution, said DeHeer.

A 46-year-old man, whose name has not been released, surrendered without incident at 6:30 p.m.

He was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre where he is being examined for mental health issues.

An RCMP explosives disposal unit came from Edmonton to deal with the explosives, which posed a “minimal threat” to the community in the state in which they were found, said DeHeer.

Police seized the devices as well as a rifle and ammunition.

Residents who were removed from the area were allowed to go home at about 10 p.m.

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