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Dec. 7, 2021 | Tuesday
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'Standoff' leads to arrest
What police are calling a standoff in Fort Erie has resulted in the arrest of a 67-year-old man.

On Thursday morning around 7:20 a.m., police responded to a residence in the area of Crystal Beach in Fort Erie, for reports of a “male in crisis.”

Police say when they arrived they learned the man might be in possession of a firearm. 

As a result, several police units were deployed to contain the scene, including the NRPS Emergency Task Unit (ETU), K9 Unit, Marine Unit and crisis negotiators.

Those living in the immediate area were asked to shelter in place for their own safety.

Police deployed an Unmanned Ariel Vehicle in relation to the investigation and further requested the use of a Halton Police Service rescue vehicle.

The man surrendered to police at around 12:30 p.m. without further incident.

He was found to have been in possession of a pellet gun.

Charges with the alleged offence of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and three counts of assault with a weapon is 67-year-old Joseph Henry Sampson of Fort Erie.

Police say there were three male victims as a result of this incident, one who received minor injuries as a result of being struck by vehicle driven by the accused.

It is not clear when the accused was in the vehicle.

Sampson was held in custody pending a bail hearing on Friday at the Robert S.K. Welch Court House in St. Catharines.

The investigation is still ongoing.