Hostage-tak­ing ends with no shots fired

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - METRO NEWS -

BRAn­DOn, MAn. A hostage-tak­ing that be­gan with a businessman be­ing forced into his own car at gun­point has ended safely.

Po­lice say a sus­pect en­tered a busi­ness in Bran­don, Man., with a loaded ri­fle and took the owner hostage.

The sus­pect tried to force the owner to drive to an­other spot in the city to find a third man.

The sus­pect said he was go­ing to shoot the hostage, the other man and him­self.

Employees in the store fled and called po­lice, who ar­rived be­fore the car left.

Guns drawn, of­fi­cers ap­proached the ve­hi­cle, and the sus­pect sur­ren­dered.

“No shots were fired, ev­ery­one is safe and the male is now in cus­tody at our head of­fice,” Sgt. K.N. McLean said Tues­day.

McLean would not say which busi­ness was in­volved.

Po­lice aren’t yet sure ex­actly what hap­pened. They would only say some kind of dis­agree­ment es­ca­lated.

“They are known to each other, along with the third in­di­vid­ual that they were go­ing to go find. They all know each other,” said McLean.

Po­lice con­firmed the sus­pect never worked at the busi­ness.

A 35-year-old man is in cus­tody and faces a string of of­fences, in­clud­ing forcible con­fine­ment.

He is to ap­pear in Bran­don court Wed­nes­day.

They are known to each other, along with the third … that they were go­ing to go find.

sgt. K.n. McLean

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