The Hamilton Spectator

Man arrested after eight-hour standoff

A stretch of Barton Street East was evacuated after police responded to barricaded person

- NICOLE O’REILLY Nicole O’Reilly is a Hamilton-based reporter covering crime and justice for The Spectator. noreilly@thespec.com

A 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon eight hours after police responded to a barricaded person at a building on Barton Street East.

A stretch of the road, near Sherman Avenue North, was closed and buildings were evacuated all morning during the ordeal, which saw the man at times shouting from the rooftop and wielding a metal pole.

Shortly before 1 p.m., police broke through the door to enter the unit where the man was holed up and arrested him, said Const. Indy Bharaj.

He faces charges of mischief over $5,000, fail to comply with probation and assault peace officer related to another incident in the area on Tuesday.

After that incident, police secured an arrest warrant. Around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, police got a call that the wanted man was back in the area and officers responded, Bharaj said.

But on scene the man refused police orders and barricaded himself, moving between the rooftop and a unit in the building on the south side of Barton.

Police evacuated buildings connected to where the man was holed up. They are a mix of commercial and residentia­l. Bharaj said there was concern the man could have entered residences from the rooftop.

The gas was also shut off to the building as a precaution.

Throughout the incident, there was a heavy police presence, including tactical officers from the emergency response unit — seen at times on rooftops — canine and crisis negotiator­s. Paramedics and fire were also on scene, along with an HSR bus for displaced tenants.

The road reopened after the arrest around 1 p.m.

Police remained on scene Wednesday afternoon investigat­ing any possible damage to the rooftop or unit. It’s not yet clear if the man will face further charges related to Wednesday’s events.

 ?? JOHN RENNISON THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR ?? Hamilton police emergency response unit officers appear at the scene of a barricaded man on Barton Street between Sherman and Kinrade avenues Wednesday.
JOHN RENNISON THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR Hamilton police emergency response unit officers appear at the scene of a barricaded man on Barton Street between Sherman and Kinrade avenues Wednesday.
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Scan for more photos from the scene from The Spec’s John Rennison.

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