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Updated: Police enter Chelmsford home, arrest man, 43, after extended standoff

He's facing a host of charges, including forcing confinement and firearms offences
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Updated Sept. 26, 3:15 p.m.

The 43-year-old man was arrested just before 2:30 p.m. by the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit and Emergency Response Unit, which entered  the residence and took the man into custody.

He is facing several charges, Greater Sudbury Police said Thursday:

  • Weapons dangerous
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Forcible confinement

"Additional charges are pending," the release said. "Officers will be conducting a search warrant at the residence.

"We would like to thank the residents in the area for their cooperation and patience. We would also like to thank the Ontario Provincial Police for their support during this incident."

Updated Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m.

A 26-year-old woman who was allegedly taken hostage at a home in Chelmsford Wednesday escaped overnight, but the 43-year-old man who was her captor remains barricaded in the McKenzie Street home.

According to an update issued by Greater Sudbury Police at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, officers continue to make efforts to peacefully resolve the situation.

McKenzie Street remains closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Police said they receive a call about a disturbance “involving multiple individuals” at the Chelmsford home shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers determined the incident was a hostage situation involving a 26-year-old woman being held hostage by a 43-year-old man. There were apparently firearms inside the residence.

Police say the two involved individuals know each other.

Tactical officers arrived on scene and set up containment of the home, while patrol officers closed down McKenzie Street from Montpellier Road to Highway 144. The Mobile Command Unit was deployed to the area. 

Officers who specialize in hostage negotiation made multiple attempts to establish communication with the man, but were unsuccessful. 

At around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, the woman who was being held hostage was able to escape. She was uninjured in the incident.

The man remains barricaded inside the residence. Just after 6:30 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit, Emergency Response Unit and Crisis Negotiators arrived on scene to support the GSPS Tactical Unit. 

Officers continue to make efforts to peacefully resolve the situation, said the press release.

McKenzie Street remains closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. 

Greater Sudbury Police say there is no immediate threat to the public.

They ask community members to stay away from the area, allowing officers to focus their attention on the evolving situation.

Police also ask people not to post live footage of officers to protect their safety.

Original story: 

Greater Sudbury Police say they are trying to “peacefully resolve” a situation involving a standoff at a home on McKenzie Street in Chelmsford that developed overnight.

In a tweet issued at 1:23 a.m., Greater Sudbury Police said there was a “disturbance involving multiple people” at the home.

They had closed the street from Montpellier Road to Highway 144 and tactical officers had contained the residence.

They asked people to avoid the area, although they said there was no immediate threat to the public.

At 2:05 a.m., Greater Sudbury Police said a woman had exited the residence, although a man remained inside. Officers were trying to establish communications with him. No injuries were reported.

The most recent tweet from Greater Sudbury Police about the situation was issued at 6:58 a.m.

Efforts continue to peacefully resolve the situation, said the tweet.

Greater Sudbury Police tactical officers are being supported by the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics & Rescue Unit and Emergency Response Unit.

The road remains closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and police ask that people remain away from the area.