August 12, 2014 2:52 pm

Suspect in custody after lengthy standoff in Saskatoon

Saskatoon police received reports of shots being fired as they dealt with a barricaded man at a home on Avenue O South on Tuesday.

Eric Beck / Global News

SASKATOON – A suspect was brought into custody without incident around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday after a standoff that lasted 13 hours in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon police spokesperson Kelsie Fraser says various weapons-related charges may be forthcoming. Forensic identification officers are being called in to investigate.

The 20-year-old man has been taken to hospital for assessment.

Originally, police were called to a house in the 100-block of Avenue O South before 4 a.m. where a man was attempting to harm himself.

He was believed to be armed and barricaded in the basement.

Police say the man continued to shoot a firearm occasionally from inside.

No injuries have been reported.

A friend of the man told Global News he suffers from mental health issues.

According to police, a woman who was inside earlier was able to get out safely around 6 a.m.

Patrol officers, the tactical support unit and crisis negotiators were at the house attempting to resolve the situation.

Traffic restrictions in the area have been lifted.


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