On January 2, 2020, at approximately 1600 hours members of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) attended to a call of a Domestic Dispute, to an apartment building in the 700 Block of 12th St NW Medicine Hat. At the scene, Police Officers determine that there was a male inside the residence who was breaching a court order and refused to speak further with Police. Members of the Police Service also learned that there was a female occupant within the suite that was being unlawfully confined, and the male barricaded the suite from Police Officers.
The members at scene, correctly identified an extremely dangerous situation and enacted the MHPS protocol for barricaded subjects. Members of the MHPS Tactical team, Crisis Negotiators Team, K9 unit, and the incident command, took control of the situation and attempted negotiations with the subject. Occupants of the apartment building were told to “shelter in place” to prevent any injuries to innocent third parties.
Once it was determined the negotiations were unsuccessful, members of the Tactical team entered the residence with judicial authorization and arrested the accused. No injuries were reported at the scene and a female was removed from the residence uninjured. The Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter and the patient of the occupants of the apartment building.
The accused in this occurrence is facing charges of breach of a court order and unlawful confinement. The Major Crimes Unit is now investigating the incident. The accused has been identified as a 27 year old male from Regina Saskatchewan. The male can not be identified until charges have been sworn in front of a justice of the peace. No further information will be released at this time.
Insp. Brent Secondiak