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Burlington man, 52, arrested after seven-hour standoff with police


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BURLINGTON, Ont. — A 52-year-old man faces charges of uttering threats and dangerous driving after an argument at a wedding reception in Milton, Ont., Sunday night led to an overnight standoff at a home in nearby Burlington.

Halton regional police say the initial call came in around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, after a man and a woman were seen arguing in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant.

“The male was overheard making threats to the female — threats that he was going to get a gun and shoot her,” said Staff Sgt. Gerard Kelly.

Kelly said that after the man drove away — aggressively, according to witnesses — police tracked it to the home where it was registered in a residential neighbourhood of Burlington.

When an officer arrived at the address, Kelly said a man left the house, got in the truck and started pulling away. The officer then turned on his emergency lights, and the man pulled back into the driveway.

“The male got out and had a conversation with the officer, basically making threats to the effect that he was going to shoot him,” said Kelly.

After that “conversation,” Kelly said the man went back into the house and came to the front doorway brandishing a machete.

“It was a bit of a standoff at that point,” said Kelly. “Since 10 p.m. until about 5 a.m. (Monday) morning, the person was refusing to come out.”

The force’s Tactical Rescue Unit was eventually called in, and Kelly estimated that at least 20 officers were on the scene at the height of the standoff.

Police eventually obtained a warrant to force their way into the home and arrest the man. The tactical team fired tear gas pellets through a window, then entered the home and had “contact” with the man, Kelly said.

He said the man was subdued — using a Taser — and arrested.

The 52-year-old, who police have not named, remains in police custody but has not appeared in court given the provincial holiday on Monday, Kelly said. He will likely face charges of uttering threats and dangerous driving.

Kelly said the force’s Domestic Violence Investigative Unit is working to obtain a search warrant for the home, and more charges are possible.

He said the suspect and the woman he allegedly threatened have been in an “intimate relationship” for approximately five years, but they are not married and have no children together.

–By Adam Burns in Toronto.