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Police operation in Saint-Leonard ends peacefully after barricaded man surrenders

Montreal police said the events began with a police operation to arrest a 20-year-old man wanted in connection with a violent robbery on Sept. 20 in Pointe-aux-Trembles. . THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard

A standoff with police in Montreal’s Saint-Leonard borough ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon after a man who had barricaded himself inside an apartment on du Bon-Conseil Street surrendered.

Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said the events began with a police operation to arrest a 20-year-old man wanted in connection with a violent robbery on Sept. 20 in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

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According to Chèvrefils, the suspect was located at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and was seen entering an apartment building on Du Bon-Conseil near de l’Aunais Street.

Efforts were made to contact the man, but Chèvrefils said he was uncooperative.

Officers surrounded the building and a security perimeter was set up, with the SWAT team called in to assist.

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Chèvrefils said around 10 nearby residences were evacuated as a preventative measure. No injuries were reported.

The man surrendered peacefully at around 5 p.m. and was taken into custody.

Chèvrefils said he is being detained for questioning.

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