Hostage-taking ends with no shots fired
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