Trochu man arrested after standoff

A Trochu man who threatened to kill coworkers after being fired from his job at a car dealership was arrested after a five-hour police standoff on Thursday.

A Trochu man who threatened to kill coworkers after being fired from his job at a car dealership was arrested after a five-hour police standoff on Thursday.

According to Three Hills RCMP, a suicidal man who was terminated from his job at Trochu Motors later told a relative he wanted to kill staff members at his former work site.

After being notified of the threats, RCMP officers went to a Trochu residence at about 8:30 a.m., but the suspect refused to come out of his home and would not co-operate with police.

Although no one else was in the house, the male suspect was armed with a knife, said Sgt. Joe Sangster of Three Hills RCMP.

After a five-hour stand-off involving about 25 officers from Three Hills, Airdrie, Olds, Drumheller, and Red Deer’s Emergency Response Team, the suspect was taken into custody without injury at about 2:30 p.m.

In a related matter, a yet unnamed relative of the suspect’s is also facing multiple charges, including failing to stop for an officer and barging through a police barrier.

Chad Alain Frere, 38, is charged with two counts of uttering death threats and one count of assault by Three Hills RCMP.

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