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Update: Standoff suspect in custody

Brandon police have confirmed that they have arrested a man as a result of a standoff at a home in the city's west end on Tuesday.

Members of the Brandon Police Service Tactical Response Unit, armed with shields, entered the home through the front door around 3:45 p.m. About 10 minutes later an unmarked police vehicle entered the barricaded area.

Twenty minutes after that, a man could be seen in the back of a police car that left the area and evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Police didn't release many details, but it appears they were involved in a standoff with a man inside a house on the 100 block of 24th Street.

As of Tuesday morning, officers had blocked off streets in the area and evacuated residents from nearby homes. The Tactical Response Unit was on scene and residents were  asked to avoid the area, but the situation couldn't be described as "tense."

TRU members were casually standing by a cube van and in an alley that runs beside the house, but they weren't concealed and didn't have their rifles trained on the home.

Area residents said they first saw police cars in the area around 11 p.m. last night. This morning, around 9 a.m., they were asked to leave their homes. They said a man lives at the two-storey home that is the centre of police attention. Police have been known to attend the home in the past, they said.

There were no reports of any shots being fired, nor is there any confirmed word of whether or not the suspect had any access to weapons or whether weapons were found following the arrest. It was believed that the man was alone in the house.

By late morning, police had maneuvered a robot to drop a bullhorn or loudspeaker into the street near the home. Police used the loudspeaker to urge the resident to answer his phone.

By early afternoon, word was received that contact had been made with the man in the house.

Meanwhile, a source confirmed that the suspect is a 39-year-old man who was wanted on charges of assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, forcible confinement and overcoming or resisting by choking. Those offences were allegedly committed on Monday.

Police confirmed those charges following his arrest. They said the man has a history of violence and they believed he had weapons and TRU members were involved as a precaution, although the media liaison officer couldn't confirm whether or not any weapons were found following the arrest.

The man's identity wasn't released by police, and The Brandon Sun will not name him until his identity can be verified. The story will be updated once more information can be corroborated.

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