Man charged after 6-hour standoff

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A man is facing charges after a six-hour standoff with police early Saturday morning.Heavily armed police converged on Frances Street at about 3 a.m. after an armed man barricaded himself in his vehicle.

Several police and emergency personnel —Oxford OPP, Emergency Response Team, Tactical Response Unit, OPP Crisis Negotiators, Western Region Criminal Investigation Branch, and Oxford County Emergency Medical Services — were on the scene.

A resident, who lives in the area, told the Tillsonburg News he was alerted to the standoff by police knocking on his door.

"I was awakened (Saturday) morning at 7:30 to an OPP officer banging at my back door. He was dressed in green combat army style clothing, carrying an assault rifle," the resident, who did not want to be identified, said in an e-mail message. "At 9 a.m. I was asked to leave my home. Returned at 10:45 (a.m.) and it was all over."

A suspect was arrested without incident. Two rifles were seized, Oxford OPP said in a media release.

Donald Morris, 54, of Tillsonburg has been charged with various weapons offences including pointing a firearm, failing to stop for police, uttering threats and trespassing at night. He remains in custody, said police.




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