Halton Police say that after a nine-hour standoff, a man who had barricaded himself inside his Oakville residence is now in custody.
A woman was safely removed from the residence earlier in the day as officers and crisis negotiators responded to the active situation on Lakeshore Road West near Fourth Line. Police say the woman also resided in the home.
Police said an initial call was received shortly before 1:25 p.m. on Friday following reports of a possible shooting inside the home.
Officers and tactical units eventually surrounded the residence with the man and woman barricaded inside.
Police say the woman was safely evacuated from the home by officers just after 3:30 p.m.
Officers remained in negotiations with the man and a mental health professional was called in to assist.
It wasn’t until around 10:30 p.m. when officers located the man on the second floor of the house and arrested him.
Halton Police tweeted at 10:42 the barricade incident that began at 1:20 is over; the person in the house in south Oakville is in custody. “We know it has been a long and stressful day for area neighbours, and we can’t thank you enough for your support and patience.” @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/fAYE07P3Ag
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) January 16, 2021
Police believe gas was released inside the house at some point and the utilities were cut off during the negotiations. This cut off the gas and electricity to nine other homes in the area as well.
The investigation into the shots fired is ongoing and police say a weapon has yet to be found.
Appleby College was on a hold and secure as a result of the situation. Students and staff were being asked to remain inside until there was a resolution.
Police also told residents “in the immediate vicinity of the involved residence who were notified in person to shelter in place should continue to do so.” All displaced residents are now back in their homes.
Police say the man in custody has minor injuries.