Police peacefully arrested a man following a lengthy standoff in the city’s west end on Tuesday.
Brandon Police Service Const. Grant McKay said that, based on their prior interactions with the suspect, they believed him to be violent and that he had weapons in his home.
"I know they have dealt with this gentleman before, and so they were under the belief there were weapons inside the residence," McKay said shortly after the arrest on Tuesday afternoon.
McKay couldn’t confirm whether any weapons were found following the arrest of the 39-year-old man because the investigation continued. The use of the Tactical Response Unit to make the arrest was precautionary.
There appear to have been no major injuries in the arrest.
Police haven’t released many details about the matter, initially only calling it an "isolated incident," but it appears they were involved in a standoff with a man inside a house on the 100 block of 24th Street.
Police said the suspect was wanted on charges of assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, uttering threats and choking to commit crime.
The standoff appears to have begun after the man wouldn’t comply with police orders during his arrest.
As of Tuesday morning, officers had blocked off streets in the area and evacuated residents from nearby homes. The TRU was on scene and residents were asked to avoid the area, although the situation couldn’t be described as "tense."
TRU members were casually standing by a cube truck at the corner of 24th Street and Princess Avenue, and in an alley that ran beside the house. They weren’t concealed, nor did they train their semi-automatic rifles on the home.
Some evacuated neighbours had taken shelter in a vehicle parked near the scene on Tuesday morning as they waited to return home.
Based on their account, the police tactical team was involved in the standoff for at least five hours, but the standoff may have begun as early as Monday evening.
One resident said he’d noticed police cars parked in the area around 11 p.m. on Monday. He said that an officer confirmed to him that a man was inside the house.
"They said he was in there," said the man, who asked not to be identified.
Police were still there on Tuesday morning, and said that officers evacuated he and his wife from their home around 9 a.m.
The Brandon Police Service tactical response team arrived sometime between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., another resident estimated.
By late Tuesday morning, police had manoeuvred a robot to drop a loudspeaker onto the street near the house. Police then used the loudspeaker to urge the man to answer his phone.
By early afternoon, word was received that contact had been made with the man in the house.
While it was believed that he was alone in the home, it still wasn’t known whether he had access to any weapons.
Then, around 3:30 p.m., TRU members, protected by shields, entered the home through the front door.
About 10 minutes later, an unmarked police car entered the barricaded area. As it left the scene, a man could be seen in the back of the unmarked car. Residents were then allowed to return to their homes.
One neighbour estimated that the man had lived at the house for about five years. Neighbours said that police have repeatedly attended the home in the past.
Police didn’t release the accused’s name, and The Brandon Sun will not name him until his identity can be thoroughly verified.