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Saskatoon police called to hoax hostage situation in city’s east end

Officers say a man called in to the Saskatoon Police Service at about 8:40 a.m., identified himself and told police he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent where he was holding two people hostage.
Officers say a man called in to the Saskatoon Police Service at about 8:40 a.m., identified himself and told police he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent where he was holding two people hostage. File / Global News

Saskatoon police responded Monday morning to what they thought was a hostage situation in the Willowgrove area.

Officers say a man called into the Saskatoon Police Service at about 8:40 a.m., identified himself and told police he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent where he was holding two people hostage.

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The man told police he had shot one of the hostages “in the knee” and demanded a ransom. He also said he was equipped with firearms and explosive devices, according to police.

Once on the scene, police and personnel from Medavie Health Services West quickly realized the call was a hoax and that residents inside the home were not in any way involved in the incident.

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Police were able to track down another man, whose name was used by the caller, but determined he wasn’t involved in the hoax.

The scene was clear by 9:35 a.m., however, police continue to investigate.

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Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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