Civil Emergency declared while police handled the situation outside St. Brides
On Feb. 26, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m., St. Paul RCMP responded to a call of a man who was possibly armed and barricaded at a residence in Saddle Lake Cree Nation.
When police arrived at the residence, information was received that a woman 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 on Highway 36 near St. Brides as a precaution.
Police had continuous contact with the woman and man who were known to each other during the situation. At approximately 11:00 p.m. the woman exited the residence unharmed. At 7:00 a.m. this morning, the RCMP ERT team entered the residence and arrested the man without indecent.
Stacey Kyle Cardinal, a 31-year-old from Saddle Lake has been charged with 17 offences which include: forcible confinement, pointing a firearm, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, fail to comply with court conditions and resisting arrest. Two firearms and ammunition were seized from the residence. Cardinal was remanded into custody after a hearing and will appear in St. Paul Provincial Court via CCTV March 2, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
RCMP thank the public for their patience during traffic disruptions around the area of St. Brides and Highway 36. As a precaution the Regional Director of Emergency Management enacted a civil emergency around the area during this incident. The civil emergency was removed early this morning.
As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be made available.
RCMP have not yet released information regarding what may have caused a civil emergency to be declared near St. Brides on Sunday evening. Just before 9:00 pm, on Sunday, County of St. Paul Emergency Services released an emergency notification that an “incident was taking place near St. Brides.”
Highway 36 was closed and traffic was diverted to Highway 28, 41, and 646 during the evening. The public was asked to stay clear of the area.
LCN has yet to receive information from the RCMP regardining the incident. According to Emergency Services, a Civil Emergency “is a warning created by the National Weather Service meant to warn of an in-progress or imminent significant threat(s) to public safety and/or property.”