Standoff in Dain City

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A Dain City man surrendered himself to Niagara Regional Police after a nearly five and a half hour standoff, Saturday.

Media Relations Officer Phil Gavin said police received a 911 call at 5 p.m. regarding a residence in Dain City, in the Erie and Canal Bank Sts. area.

“With that, we received information that a male was in crisis and threatening self-harm. Uniformed officers attended the scene and spoke with the male for an extended period,” said Gavin, from an area near the scene.

The man refused to leave the residence, and during a conversation, officers became aware he had possible access to weapons. The residence was contained and officers requested the assistance of the Emergency Task Unit (ETU).

“The ETU was supported by members of the K9 unit and detectives from District 3 (Welland). Our crisis negotiators also attended and they had an ongoing dialogue with the male so we could bring this to a peaceful resolution.”

Gavin said a command post was set up in the area, and that Niagara EMS paramedics were on standby there.

As the situation unfolded, some homes in the area were evacuated and police extended the perimeter around the scene. Dain City was closed on the west side of the Forks Rd. Bridge and at Kingsway and St. Clair Dr.

“We felt in it was in the best interest of everyone … for safety.”

Gavin, in a media area on the west side of the bridge, said people were urged to stay inside their homes, not post where officers were located on social media and to not come into the area.

“Let us do what we have to do to bring a safe resolution to this and with no harm to anybody,” he said.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., the male agreed to surrender himself to officers. He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act of Ontario, and transported to hospital for evaluation. Police said he was not injured.

Three weapons were seized in the residence by detectives and secured as a matter of public safety.

In a release, police thanked the Dain City community for its patience as they worked to bring the incident to a safe and peaceful resolution.

Some tweets from the incident
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