Charges af­ter at­tack on city grader

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - NEWS -

A 46-year-old man who is ac­cused of bar­ri­cad­ing him­self in his home af­ter al­legedly at­tack­ing a City of Saska­toon grader and street sweeper now faces nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal charges.

Of­fi­cers were called to the 1500 block of Hil­liard Street East around 7:30 a.m. on Thurs­day af­ter a man is al­leged to have at­tacked a city grader, first with an “in­cen­di­ary de­vice” sim­i­lar to what would be de­scribed as a Molo­tov cock­tail, and then with a baseball bat, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The op­er­a­tor of the grader was able to leave safely and call 911, said the city ’s direc­tor of road­ways and op­er­a­tions, Bran­don Har­ris.

Har­ris said the op­er­a­tor is do­ing well, but staff will fol­low up with him daily and re­sources have been made avail­able through the city’s em­ployee as­sis­tance pro­gram.

“Once the adrenalin wears off ... it could be hard to sleep at night, given the sit­u­a­tion that was,” Har­ris said.

Af­ter the at­tack on the grader, po­lice said the sus­pect fled the scene. A short time later, a man ap­proached a street sweeper that had come to clean up de­bris as a re­sult of the dam­aged grader.

Po­lice were at the scene, as well as city staff mem­bers. Po­lice of­fi­cers tried to take the man into cus­tody, but were un­suc­cess­ful.

Later in the day, around 3 p.m., of­fi­cers de­ter­mined the man had bar­ri­caded him­self in his home. While po­lice made nu­mer­ous at­tempts to reach him, he failed to com­mu­ni­cate with them, po­lice said.

With help from the ex­plo­sive dis­posal unit ro­bot, a ca­nine unit and a cri­sis ne­go­ti­a­tion team, of­fi­cers with the tac­ti­cal sup­port unit were able to en­ter the home and ap­pre­hend a man, fir­ing a bean­bag round in an ef­fort “to safely ap­pre­hend the sus­pect” around 11 p.m., po­lice said in a news re­lease.

He was ex­am­ined at the scene by Me­davie Health Ser­vices and trans­ported to hos­pi­tal for in­juries con­sis­tent with be­ing struck by a bean­bag round. Po­lice said the man wasn’t co-op­er­a­tive dur­ing the book­ing process while in city detention.

The man is charged with mis­chief, pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited weapon, two charges of pos­ses­sion of a weapon dan­ger­ous to the pub­lic peace and pos­ses­sion of a con­cealed weapon.

He was sched­uled to ap­pear in Saska­toon pro­vin­cial court on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.


Po­lice sur­round a house where a sus­pect was holed up af­ter al­legedly at­tack­ing a City of Saska­toon grader and street sweeper on Wed­nes­day. Tac­ti­cal of­fi­cers even­tu­ally en­tered the home to ar­rest a sus­pect.

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