Charges pending following weekend firearms incident

Lethbridge Regional Police have seized several firearms and charges are pending in connection with an incident Saturday night where a despondent 32-year-old woman barricaded herself inside a west side home.

On October 31, 2015 just after 6:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a female at a residence along the 100 block of Heritage Court West in possession of firearms and threatening self-harm. In light of the potential risk to the public, the Tactical Team was deployed and the area was contained including road closures, evacuation of the immediate neighbours and direction to other neighbours to stay inside their homes.

Assistance was also provided by members of the Explosive Disposal Unit, who used a robot to make contact with the woman, the Criminal Investigation Section, K9 officers, the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) and crisis negotiators.

The area was closed for approximately four hours until the woman exited her home and was safely taken into custody. She was arrested under the Mental Health Act and transported to Chinook Regional Hospital where she remains in custody.

A subsequent search of the home resulted in the seizure of a loaded rifle and pistol, and several other firearms and ammunition.

Two counts of careless use/storage of a firearm and one count of possession of a weapon dangerous the public are pending.

Police wish to thank the public, particularly the residents of Heritage Heights, for their patience and cooperation during this incident.

No further information will be released.