An incident with an armed man who had barricaded himself at a residence located on the 1000 block of First Street East ended peacefully Saturday evening thanks to the efforts of crisis negotiators.
Around 5 a.m. on Saturday, the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a disturbance at the residence.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they were met by individuals outside the residence who had been involved in a dispute.
A male subject refused to comply with police direction and returned to the residence and discharged a firearm a short time later.
Police moved to safety and contained the surrounding area.
Residents within a perimeter were directed to leave their homes to ensure the safety of everyone until the incident came to a conclusion.
A number of specialty units were summonsed to assist the local detachment members with this investigation including crisis negotiators.
“During this incident, as a part of the emergency response, the crisis negotiators assisted in the peaceful surrender of this individual with the utmost regard for the safety of all involved,” said OPP media relations officer Const. Anne McCoy.
“These specially trained officers have expertise to resolve conflict through verbal/non-verbal communications.” she added.
As a result of this response, the barricaded male exited the residence and was arrested. This happened around 5:40 p.m.
He remains in custody and will appear in Fort Frances Court this morning.
Evacuated residents were advised they could return to their homes when the incident concluded.
Bobby Joe Wilson, 33, of Fort Frances, has been charged with the following criminal offences:
•Use of a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence s. 85(1)a CC;
•Careless Use of a Firearm s. 86(1) CC; and
•Discharge of a Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life s. 244(b) CC.
He has been remanded into custody with his next court appearance set for July 12.
The OPP would like to thank the Rainy River District Ambulance and Fort Frances Fire Department personnel for their support.
The Town of Fort Frances and Ministry of Natural Resources are thanked for use of their facilities.
Officers would like to thank the public for their cooperation to ensure the safety of all involved.