Man arrested after south-Ottawa standoff


Last Updated: October 28, 2010

A standoff in a south-Ottawa street ended with a man in custody Thursday night.

Tactical units blocked off the streets at about 1 p.m. when they received a call about a man inside the 73 Burnbank St. home who, by court order, was not allowed at the house.

Police said they were unable to make contact with him when they arrived. By 6:30 p.m., a half-dozen officers conferred behind an armoured police vehicle outside the home while heavily armed cops greeted residents arriving home from work near Burnbank St. and Crawley Ave.

Residents were asked to park their cars outside the cordoned-off area and were walked to their homes by rifle-wielding officers.

Neighbours say the home has been the site of frequent police visits, the latest coming just a week ago. A man and a woman in their 30s, a 10-year-old boy, and a rotating cast of boarders are said to live there.

A tenant in the two-storey house said the man has a turbulent on-again, off-again relationship with the woman who lives at the address.

It turns out the man was inside doing renovations, but refused to come out initially. After some discussions with police negotiators, he agreed to surrender.

Around 7:30 p.m. the man left the building slowly with his hands behind his head and was taken into custody without incident.

Criminal charges are pending.