Stand­off ends peace­fully

Man taken into cus­tody and brought to hos­pi­tal


A tense sit­u­a­tion Fri­day morn­ing near High­way 1 and High­land Road ended with­out se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

A re­lease is­sued around 9 a.m. stated that po­lice re­ceived a call at 5 a.m. about a sui­ci­dal man in a ve­hi­cle. Insp. Rick Johns of the Moose Jaw Po­lice Ser­vice said the call was from the man him­self, who also told of­fi­cers by phone that he was armed with a shot­gun.

The man in­volved in the stand­off was taken into cus­tody and brought to the Dr. F.H. Wig­more Hos­pi­tal to en­sure his phys­i­cal and men­tal health needs were met.

Upon re­ceiv­ing the call, po­lice formed a perime­ter in the area and moved in closer to the sub­ject as they pin­pointed his lo­ca­tion. The man fired the weapon, but no one was hurt.

“At this point, there’s noth­ing to in­di­cate that he was fir­ing at any­body,” Johns said, not­ing that the man will be fac­ing charges for firearms of­fences. “We be­lieve he was fir­ing it to show that he was se­ri­ous.”

The man, a Moose Jaw res­i­dent, was even­tu­ally ap­pre­hended around 8 a.m., where he was ly­ing in a field. Johns said po­lice be­lieved the man was try­ing to break the perime­ter, but was un­able to do so. He was taken in with­out any trou­ble.

Johns also said there was no con­nec­tion be­tween the man and the hos­pi­tal.

“He was not as­so­ci­ated with the hos­pi­tal at all, but be­cause the hos­pi­tal was in close prox­im­ity, we took pre­cau­tions to make sure the hos­pi­tal was no­ti­fied,” he said.

A state­ment emailed to the Times-Her­ald by the Five Hills Health Re­gion read that the in­ci­dent oc­curred “ad­ja­cent to (their) prop­erty,” and that staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors fol­lowed po­lice di­rec­tion when com­ing into and leav­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Johns said that po­lice deal with at­tempted and com­pleted sui­cides “fairly reg­u­larly,” but that sit­u­a­tions like Fri­day’s that re­sult in a stand­off are much less fre­quent.


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