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Police stand-off ends peacefully

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Taber Times

A potentially dangerous situation involving an emotionally disturbed man was brought to a peaceful resolution by Taber Police Service last Thursday.

Insp. Graham Abela confirmed police responded to a home in the 4600 block of 52nd Avenue on July 24 at 4:20 p.m. after receiving a call that a man had allegedly threatened to harm himself and any police who might respond. As a result, several blocks around the home were closed to traffic as police dealt with the matter.

“Taber police responded, established a cordon, and established contact with the male,” said Insp. Graham Abela. “We were able to speak to the male in person and he attended Taber hospital voluntarily without incident.”

“Our response is directly proportional to the threat that we perceive,” he added. “Taber Police took appropriate precautions to ensure public safety and officer safety.”

Abela said police are sometimes called in order to deal with medical situations where the possibility of harm exists.

“Fortunately, things worked out really well,” he said. “I give credit to our officers and their training to deal with this in such an effective way.”

A knife was recovered at the scene following the incident, but it was not brandished or used during the incident.

Police are withholding the name of the man out of respect for his privacy, as no charges have been laid.

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