August 23, 2014 1:18 pm

Man charged with attempted murder after armed standoff

An armed standoff ended Friday night in Saskatoon’s River Heights neighbourhood where shots were fired at police.

Leslie Knight / Global News

SASKATOON – A standoff ended Friday night in Saskatoon’s River Heights neighbourhood where a man armed with a rifle was barricaded in a home.

Initially, police were called to a residence in the 300-block of Coppermine Crescent at 7 p.m. where a woman had been assaulted.

The woman was able to leave the house; however, a 37-year-old male suspect shot at her with a rifle, forcing her to take cover behind a parked vehicle.

Four other people fled the home and took cover behind the same vehicle.

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Police say the suspect shot in the direction of responding officers.

Members of the tactical support unit and crisis negotiators helped bring the incident to a conclusion at 10 p.m. when the suspect surrendered.

The police’s armoured rescue vehicle was used to evacuate people from the scene. Both the armoured vehicle and the parked vehicle were hit with rounds.

No shots were fired by police.

One woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is now facing three counts of attempted murder pertaining to the female victim and two officers.

He is also charged with assaulting a police officer, use a firearm in the commission of a criminal offense, pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm and two counts of assault with a weapon.

The incident is still under investigation.

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