2020-11-02 by W.M.
Man with handgun inside Edmonton Young Offender Centre surrenders, police say
A man who police say entered the Edmonton Young Offender Centre Sunday afternoon armed with a handgun surrendered after police negotiated a peaceful ending.
No one was injured, and police say the man, who was in his early 20s, was in custody at 7.30 p.m.
“We spoke to him, tried to keep him calm. He did engage in dialogue with us and it did come to a peaceful resolution without anyone being injured,” said Edmonton Police Acting Staff Sgt. Scott Kruse.
Negotiators and tactical officers responded Sunday after staff at the centre called police around 3:46 p.m, said Edmonton Police Service spokesperson Patrycja Mokrzan.
Mokrzan says the man arrived at the centre alone.
Kruse said the facility staff contained the gunman in the vestibule area, locking the entrance and exit doors around him until police arrived.
“He was kind of stuck there until we arrived to deal with him,” said Kruse, who spoke to reporters near the young offender centre Sunday.
The doors were locked but they’re glass and he did have a firearm so that’s not going to keep him there if he chose to make his way out.”
During negotiations, the man did not point the gun at police or in the direction of the rest of the facility, police said.
Kruse said the man repeatedly asked police to shoot him. “Once we arrived, he didn’t make any demands as far as what he wanted or why he was there,” he said. “He did a couple of times ask us to shoot him.”
Police said the man’s motives are still under investigation. He was not incarcerated at the centre, Mokrzan said.
The facility was placed on lockdown, Mokrzan said, but no one was evacuated.
The young offender centre is located in northwest Edmonton, across from the adult remand centre. As of May, there were 18 young people imprisoned at the centre.
Police say charges are pending.