Wawa resident faces multiple charges after long standoff

A resident of Wawa, who barricaded himself inside a residence, was arrested on December 28 and faces numerous charges as a result.

A press release issued by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Eastern Superior Detachment indicates that officers responded to a call for family dispute on the evening of December 27.

An OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), dog unit and unmanned aerial system drone were used to resolve the situation peacefully.

The full text of the OPP press release follows:

WAWA – On December 27, 2021 at approximately 11:07 p.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Eastern Superior Detachment responded to a family argument on Mackey Street in Wawa.

When the police arrived, the victim left the scene and the suspect barricaded himself inside the residence. Members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP dog unit attended to help resolve the situation peacefully. An unmanned aerial system drone was also used to communicate with the barricaded person.

On December 28, 2021 at approximately 9:00 p.m., the suspect voluntarily left the residence and surrendered to police without incident.

As a result of the investigation, a 35-year-old was charged with the following:
• assault with a weapon – spouse, contrary to section 267 (a) of the Criminal Code (PC),
• uttering threats – causing death or bodily harm – spouse, contrary to section 264.1 (1) (a) CC,
• possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, contrary to article 88 of the CC,
• failure to comply with the probation order, contrary to section 733.1 (1) PC (two counts),
• failure to comply with release order – other than appearing in court, contrary to CC Section 145 (5) (a) (four counts), and
• possession of a Schedule I substance – methamphetamine, contrary to section 4 (1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

The accused was remanded in custody pending a bail hearing.

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