Standoff ends in Dartmouth, suspect in custody

A suspect was in custody late Thursday after a standoff in which a man was barricaded inside a Dartmouth apartment unit with a knife, said Halifax police.

The standoff began around suppertime when police responded to calls about a man causing a disturbance at Alderney Manor, a multi-storey complex in downtown Dartmouth.

The man refused to open the door to a unit and told officers he was armed with a knife.

A number of officers arrived on the scene, including crisis negotiators. Eyewitnesses told CBC News that more than a dozen officers, some wearing armour, took part in the operation. Police asked people to avoid the area for several hours.

A 77-year-old man was arrested around 10 p.m. Thursday and there were no reports of injuries. He faces unspecified charges, said police.

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