Two men charged following standoff with police

Lethbridge Police have charged a 27-year-old-man and 19-year-old man with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and resisting arrest following a lengthy standoff with police Friday afternoon in a west side neighbourhood.

On Feb. 10, 2017 police attended a home along Dalhousie Court West to arrest a 27-year-old man wanted on warrants for assault, threats and breaching conditions. The subject and a 19-year-old male were located inside the home. The subject was placed under arrest but resisted and a brief physical struggle ensured. During the struggle, the other male armed himself with a knife and began advancing toward the officer, at which time the officer drew his sidearm. The 19-year-old proceeded to slide multiple knives across the floor to the 27-year-old who then left the room indicating he was going to retrieve a gun. Fearing for his life, the officer retreated from the residence to await further back-up.

In addition to the responding frontline patrol officers and K9 members the Critical Incident Response Team – including the Tactical Team, Explosive Disposal Unit and crisis negotiators – were subsequently deployed and the neighbourhood was cordoned off. Neighbours were advised to remain in their homes. Following nearly four hours of negotiation the two men exited the residence and were safely taken into custody without further incident.

A warrant was later obtained to search the home and police seized additional weapons and property.

Brian Tarbet Fulljames, 27, is charged with one count of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and one count of resisting arrest.

Forrest Jensen, 19, is charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and resisting arrest.

Fulljames and Jensen were remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in court today.

No further information will be released.