Twenty-one year old Justin Wiseman appeared in court on Sunday after an all night standoff with police. He was charged with pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm, breaches of court order and three warrants of arrest. His bail hearing was set for Monday.
An armed standoff between police and a man barricaded in a house on Springdale Street has come to a peaceful end more than eight hours after it began.
On Saturday at approximately 9:00 p.m., RNC officers discovered an armed and barricaded male while in the area of Springdale Street on another investigation. The RNC were in the area responding to an armed robbery at a convenience store in the downtown area of St. John’s. The suspect of the robbery was a lone male. There were no injuries involved in the robbery. The Criminal Investigation Division, RNC Forensic Identification Section, and K-9 Unit all responded to the scene. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. The RNC says a description of the weapon used and a description of the suspect will be released at a later date.
On the scene of the standoff shortly after, RNC Media Relations officer Const. Talia Murphy said the two incidents appeared to be connected but was unable to give any further details. Whether the two are absolutely connected has not been established at this point.
Several RNC units including Crisis Negotiators and the Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) attended the scene and contained the area of the standoff.
The RNC Crisis Negotiators established and maintained communication with the armed 21 year-old man for more than six hours and at approximately 5:15 a.m., the RNC Tactics and Rescue Unit used tactical maneuvres to apprehend the armed man without incident. The male was immediately taken into custody. The 21 year old male has been arrested and charged with pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm, breaches of court order and three warrants of arrest.
The male will appear in St. John’s Provincial Court this morning. The investigation is still on going at this time.
Police were still at the scene of an armed standoff as of 5:30 a.m. on Springdale Street. The standoff began Saturday evening at around nine o’clock as police were searching the area for the suspect in an armed robbery that occured at a nearby convenience store hours earlier. RNC Media Relations officer Const. Talia Murphy said the two incidents appear to be connected but was unable to give any further details.
A section of Springdale Street is cordoned off and the RNC Tactics and Rescue unit is on the scene with armed officers deployed in front of a house at the corner of Springdale and Gilbert Streets. Several officers can be seen in full tactical gear and carrying assault rifles which were at times pointed at the house. At least two negotiators are on the scene as well and were speaking to a man through a second story window. The man could be heard alternately speaking to and yelling at officers. He was also be seen through the window brandishing what appeared to be a shotgun and held it under his chin at least once. Early this morning he started shouting to police “Shoot me, shoot me, why don’t you f---ing shoot me?”
Shortly before five o’clock this morning, after the man stopped communicating with police, the tactical unit approached the house and used what appeared to be a telescopic camera to peer into a front window. Another group of officers waited at a side door with a battering ram. Minutes later they all retreated from the yard.
Residents in the area have been asked to stay in their homes but some people closer to the disturbance left their homes voluntarily while others have been prevented from returning home until the situation can be resolved.
More information will be released as it becomes available.