August 25, 2014 9:01 pm

River Heights armed standoff suspect appears in court

Saskatoon police says it is concerned with the amount of firearm calls after an armed standoff last Friday.

Leslie Knight / Global News

SASKATOON – A man who surrendered to police after a three-hour standoff in Saskatoon’s River Heights neighbourhood has made his first court appearance.

Kevin Levandoski, 37, appeared in provincial court Monday and is facing several charges including three counts of attempted murder.

Two of those charges are for the alleged attempted murder of two police officers and there’s another charged of assaulting an officer.

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On Friday evening, officers responded to a dispute in the 300-block of Coppermine Crescent where they rescued a woman, a man and three children who had taken cover behind a vehicle as shot were fired from inside a home.

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Police said the man armed with a rifle began shooting directly at officers.

Dealing with a rash of standoffs lately, police say suspects are usually emotionally agitated at the time and it often follows some other type of dispute.

“It also involves some type of intoxicant, be it alcohol or drugs or it could involve mental illness then you mix those together and add some firearms and you have a potentially dangerous situation,” said Alyson Edwards, Saskatoon police spokesperson.

“We’re very fortunate that this one on Friday ended peacefully and without injury.”

Saskatoon Police Service is concerned about the amount of calls officers are receiving where firearms are involved.

An investigation into Friday’s incident is still ongoing.

*Correction: Provincial court had previously stated the name of the accused was Brent.