UPDATE: Grey Street incident comes to safe resolution: Brantford police

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The incident at a home on Grey Street has come to a safe resolution, Brantford police say.

Police issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday evening saying roads in the area would open shortly.

“We thank area residents for their patience and cooperation as we know this has been a very concerning situation for friends and neighbours,” police said in a statement.

Police, negotiators and members of of a mobile crisis response team have been at the home since Sunday afternoon after receiving reports of a man in distress.

The incident at a home on Grey Street has come to a safe resolution, Brantford police say.

Police issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday evening saying roads in the area would open shortly.

“We thank area residents for their patience and cooperation as we know this has been a very concerning situation for friends and neighbours,” police said in a statement.

The incident, which began Sunday, ended at about 4 p.m. following an encounter between the man and officers with the OPP. Multiple officers discharged their ARWENs (Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield) and the man was subsequently apprehended and transported to hospital for treatment.

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Police, negotiators and members of of a mobile crisis response team have been at the home since Sunday afternoon after receiving reports of a man in distress.

Meanwhile, the province’s Special Investigations Unit has invoked its mandate and is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discharge of an ARWEN in connection with the incident. The ARWEN or Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield is a weapon that fires ‘less lethal’ rounds such as plastic projectiles.

The SIU, in a statement issued Wednesday night, provided a chronology of the Grey Street incident and said that at approximately 1:15 p.m. Sunday a man with a machete approached an ambulance parked on Grey Street and began to make threats.

Soon after police arrived the 37-year-old man retreated into his home. At some point the man left his home and advanced towards police officers with a knife and sword in his hands, the SIU said in the statement.

Use of force was employed including one officer firing plastic projectiles from an ARWEN. The man returned to his home and barricaded himself inside, the SIU said.

Police surrounded the home and efforts were made to communicate with the man, the SIU said.

Other police services were called to provide ongoing support and on Tuesday morning an Guelph Police Service officer also discharged his ARWEN at the man and once again, the man returned to his home, said the release.

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, there was another encounter between the man and officers with the OPP, which included multiple officers discharging their ARWENs.

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The man was apprehended and transported to hospital for treatment.

The SIU’s mandate was invoked because of a possible serious injury sustained by the man, and also because police officers discharged ARWENs at the man. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, a firearm is defined as a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death to a person.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any relevant video evidence – cell phone video, home surveillance, dash cam footage – to upload that video through the SIU website at https://www.siu.on.ca/en/index.php .

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