Newfoundland athletes walks back to their residence at the Canada Games after it was evacuated because of an incident involving police Tuesday in Sherbrooke, Que. — Photo by The Canadian Press
Members of the Newfoundland and Labrador swim team received quite a shock late Tuesday morning while grabbing an early lunch at the male Athlete’s Village cafeteria.
Outside, the Sherbrooke Police Service responded to a domestic disturbance call to a house on a street within close proximity to residences on the Bishop’s University campus in Lennoxville, housing male athletes competing in the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
Inside the house was an armed male. Police evacuated homes in the area.
First reported by The Telegram, the Sherbrooke police Tactical Unit responded, and three hours and 45 minutes later, a 62-year-old suspect, with no ties to the Canada Games, was taken to hospital and was expected to face charges.
The swimming team was instructed not to leave the cafeteria.
“We were told we couldn’t leave, that we were on lockdown,” said the team’s assistant coach, Chris Roberts of Mount Pearl.
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“We weren’t told why or what’s going on. We looked out and saw police and SWAT teams, and went, ‘Oh boy.’”
Roberts said the team felt completely safe, and were perhaps most upset they couldn’t return to residence and rest for finals Tuesday evening.
Gavin Dyke of Mount Pearl, who swam in the 400-metre freestyle B final Tuesday, was lucky in that he was able to get to one of the residences.
“When I heard what was going on, you know, SWAT teams and everything, I didn’t quite believe it,” he said.
“We’re from Newfoundland. That doesn’t happen, right? But this is a different city, a different province.
“But there was no panic or anything. Everyone felt pretty safe.”