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Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:32:14 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Montreal-area armed standoff ends in arrest



Montreal-area armed standoff ends in arrest

A 20-hour standoff between police and a 72-year-old man in Côte Saint-Luc, Que., ended just after 8 a.m. when the man was taken into custody.

A tactical unit shot the man with a rubber bullet while he was inside the home and took him into custody without incident, Const. Daniel Lacoursière said Wednesday morning.

The man did not have any apparent injuries, but is being taken to hosptial for evaluation, he said.

More than 10 homes and several apartment units surrounding the scene in the Montreal Island municipality of Côte Saint-Lucwere blocked off by police as they worked to convince the man to surrender. Neighbours say the man is a retired university professor.

The incident started Tuesday morning after police were called about a dispute involving a firearm, between a man and workers on his property.

After the tactical squad arrived at about 11:30 a.m. ET, the man fired at least two shots in their direction, police said.

One officer was injured in the foot, although Const. Anie Lemieux said the injury was minor and the officer was able to continue his role in the operation.

Man said to possess firearms

On Wednesday morning, the Sûreté du Québec’s armoured vehicle was brought in, and started work to break through the front door of the home.

A short time later, several detonations were heard.

CBC’s Marie-Claude Cabana said those were attributed to police punching holes in the walls of the home and throwing in irritant gas to try and force the occupant out.

The man, who is also a gun collector, has numerous firearms registered in his name, according to Montreal police.

It’s unclear how many guns the man has in the home.

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