Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Threatening police presence in Cochrane on Christmas Eve

A Cochrane man in his 30s was arrested at the scene; Multiple charges being considered

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Criminal charges are possible after a major police response was needed to solve the Christmas Eve incident in Cochrane.

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The RCMP responded to reports of a horrific hazard incident in the Fireside Bend area after 5 p.m. Friday, prompting the evacuation of several nearby homes. Some residents living very close to the site were advised to take shelter at various places.

The police response focused on a single home occupied by the suspect, a Cochrane man in his 30s, who refused to leave. The Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Services responded with the local Mounties.

“There were actually several attempts to make contact with this person. They eventually came out of the residence,” said Alberta RCMP media relations officer Konst. Patrick Lambert.

The Mounties eventually got in touch with the man, arresting him about four hours later.

Police did not confirm whether the man lived in the house.

The Cochrane RCMP has detained the man in the local contingent, pending his release.

The RCMP has not yet disclosed the circumstances of the incident but confirmed that several charges are being considered.

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