Man arrested after standoff has bail hearing rescheduled

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St. John’s — A man who is behind bars as a result of an armed standoff with police in the capital city will be back in court next week.

Dwight Jonathan Saunders was supposed to have a bail hearing Wednesday in provincial court. However, duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick suggested the case be postponed to allow her more time to prepare.

The hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 18.

Saunders was arrested late Monday following a standoff that lasted several hours.

Police say he was armed and had barricaded himself inside his residence on Thorburn Road.

Several homeowners in the immediate area were evacuated and a portion of Thorburn Road was closed at the time.

RNC crisis negotiators established communication with the man. He was later taken into custody without incident.

Two firearms — a 12-gauge shotgun and a .303 rifle — were safely removed from the home.

Saunders faces charges of possessing firearms or ammunition while prohibited by a court order, careless use of a firearm and breaching conditions of his probation.

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