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Calgary standoff comes to an end; some residents allowed to return

An armed standoff at a house in south Calgary lasting nearly 30 hours appears to have come to an end.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Friday, gunfire and explosions could be heard coming from the home along the 300 block of Penswood Way S.E.

The scene became quiet, with multiple EMS units arriving.

The family of the man involved appeared to be extremely distraught.

Around 10 p.m., police said the threat was over but that officers would be on scene throughout the night.

Calgary police blocked off a home in Penbrooke Meadows on March 14, 2024, after a suspect shot at officers who were about to execute a search warrant on a home.

Police said they were allowing some residents to return to their homes.

“Residents from the following addresses are able to return to their homes without police escort,” police said.

“Penswood Place S.E.: 40 to 52 Penswood Place S.E.

“Malvern Close N.E.: 235 to 239 Malvern Close N.E. and 304 to 364 Malvern Close N.E.

“Penswood Place S.E.: 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76 and 80 Penswood Place S.E.

“Penswood Way S.E.: 220, 224, 228, 232, 236, 240, 244, 248, 252, 256 and 260 Penswood Way S.E.; 348, 352, 356, 360, 364, 368, 372, 376 and 380 Penswood Way S.E.”

“Residents from the following addresses are still unable to return to their homes while police continue to investigate,” police said.

“Penswood Way S.E.: 264, 268, 272, 304, 308, 312, 316, 320, 324, 328, 332, 336 and 344 Penswood Way S.E.”

Police said homes and property have been damaged in the standoff.

“We are asking residents who notice damage to let police know by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234,” police said.

“Officers will be attending each impacted residence tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, 2024, to speak to residents in the area this incident occurred.”

Calgary police blocked off a home in Penbrooke Meadows on March 14, 2024, after a suspect shot at officers who were about to execute a search warrant on a home.

On Friday, throughout the day, Calgary police remained posted outside the Penbrooke Meadows home with the armed suspect barricaded inside and de-escalation efforts proving unsuccessful as the standoff passed the 24-hour mark.

The incident was connected to a search warrant being executed at the home on Thursday afternoon and has been ongoing since. Police said the warrant was in relation to firearms.

The risk level remained “extremely high” for both the public and officers.

Police provided an update on Friday afternoon, saying attempts to de-escalate and negotiate a voluntary surrender have been unsuccessful.

“However, we are confident that we can continue to work towards a peaceful resolution to this situation,” Supt. Joe Brar, with the Calgary Police Service operational support division, told media Friday.

Police had been using “non-lethal tactics” to help facilitate a surrender. Officers were also asking the suspect over a loudspeaker to safely leave the home.

“We will continue with these tactics until such time that we do have a peaceful surrender, however, should the situation escalate we are prepared to intervene and stop any harm to the public or officers,” Brar said.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police attended the home in the 300 block of Penswood Way S.E. with a search warrant.

As officers approached the home, they were fired on by an individual inside.

No one was injured, but police blocked off the home and told residents to avoid the area until further notice.

The order was later extended to include a section of Memorial Drive and residents were further instructed to find another place to stay until the situation was resolved.

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