Emergency response team talks man out of his barricaded apartment

On Thursday, RCMP charged a man who barricaded himself inside a McIntyre apartment block. RCMP received a report of an assault in the McIntyre…

On Thursday, RCMP charged a man who barricaded himself inside a McIntyre apartment block.

RCMP received a report of an assault in the McIntyre subdivision at 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police found the man had barricaded himself in an apartment along with two women.

RCMP believed he may have possessed a firearm, and the emergency response team was called.

Three hours later, the two women left the apartment of their own volition, jumping over the balcony.

A negotiator established communications with the suspect and, at 10:50 a.m., the man left the apartment peacefully.

Later, with a warrant, police searched the apartment.

An undisclosed weapon was found, but RCMP said it was not a firearm.

Alcohol and drugs are believed to be involved in the incident.

Lloyd Benedict Smarch has been charged with uttering threats, assault with a weapon and forcible confinement.

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