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.