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Monday , 6 December 2021
Two heavily armed officers from the RCMP. Arthur C. Green/Lakeland Connect

Update: Cold Lake RCMP arrest male after armed and barricaded investigation

A 26-year-old man has been charged for a recent incident in the City of Cold Lake.

According to the RCMP, “On Oct. 14, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP responded to information of a man who was on Canada Wide warrants possibly armed at a residence in Cold Lake.”

When police arrived at the residence, information was received that two women along with the man were inside. The man refused to leave the residence when police made contact.

The scene was immediately contained by police. The RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) from Edmonton, Police Dog Services (PDS) and RCMP Air Services were dispatched to the location. Traffic was re-routed in the area of 65 Ave as a precaution.

Police had continuous contact with man and two women who were known to each other during the situation. At 1:30 a.m. the RCMP ERT team and Cold Lake officers entered the residence and arrested the man without incident.

Skylar Ochuschayoo, 26-years-old, was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Obstruct peace officer
  • Possession of a weapon contrary to order (x 5)

Ochuschayoo was remanded into custody after a hearing and will appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court Oct 19, 2021 at 9:30 am.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be made available.

Earlier Story…

A highly volatile situation brought police to the streets heavily armed with weapons in Cold Lake last night.

According to the RCMP, “On Oct. 14, approximately 6:00 p.m., the Cold Lake RCMP responded to information of a man who was on Canada wide warrants possibly armed at a residence in Cold Lake.”

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When police arrived at the residence, information was received that two women along with the man were inside.

The scene was immediately contained by police. Traffic was re-routed as a precaution.

When Lakeland Connect arrived on scene, the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) from Edmonton had just arrived and heavily armed officers contained  a perimeter around 65 Avenue. Dogs could be heard barking as Police Dog Services (PDS) and RCMP Air Services were dispatched to the location. Police also used a drone which hovered above the property which was surrounded by the RCMP.

A police negotiator echoed in the frosty air from a loud speaker asking the two women along with the man inside to pick up a phone which had been placed on the back patio of the home by police.

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The man refused to leave the residence when police made contact. It is unclear what type of weapon he was armed with, or what he was wanted for.

Residents in the area reported on social media that they were advised to take refuge in their basements while the standoff unfolded.

“The man and two women were arrested without incident,” the RCMP stated. “Further information to follow as the investigation continues.”

The Cold Lake RCMP thank the public for their patience during traffic disruptions around the area of 65 Ave.

Lakeland Connect will bring you more information when available.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!