Lethbridge man facing charges following standoff with police

Lethbridge Police have charged a 42-year-old man with uttering threats and other offences following an incident Wednesday that resulted in members of the Critical Incident Response Team attending a westside apartment building.

On May 24, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m. police responded to a request to check on the well-being of a male at an apartment complex along the 2500 block of Walsh Drive as a result of concerning comments he had been making on social media. Police attended the man’s home and attempted to make contact with him but he refused to speak to the officers. At approximately 10:20 a.m. police evacuated a portion of the building as a safety precaution and barricaded roads in the area. The man continued to post concerning comments online and members of the Lethbridge Police Critical Incident Response Team – including the Tactical Team, Explosive Disposal Unit and Crisis Negotiators – were deployed. Police made numerous unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the man throughout the afternoon but finally shortly before 4 p.m. he began speaking with negotiators and exited his home. He was safely taken into custody at that time. No one was injured.

During a subsequent search of the apartment unit police located body armour, which is prohibited by provincial legislation. No weapons were located.

The man was transported to hospital but discharged a short-time later.

Daniel Desmond Crowder, 42, is charged with uttering threats, possession of body armour without a valid permit, breach of a recognizance and failure to comply with probation order.

Crowder was remanded in custody and made his first court appearance this morning. The matter was subsequently adjourned until May 30.