Potential hostage situation sees Niagara Police shut down roads in downtown St. Catharines

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Published October 27, 2021 at 12:56 pm

A potential hostage situation saw Niagara Police shut down some roads in St Catharines this morning (October 27) at 10:30 am.

“We are currently investigated a situation in downtown St. Catharines,” tweeted the police. “Multiple road closures are in place. Please avoid the area.”

On its Twitter account, St. Catharines retweeted the warning.

Less than a half hour later, the Niagara Police explained the situation with another tweet.  “At approx(imately) 10:30 (am), info was received of a possible hostage situation in downtown St. Catharines. Out of an abundance of caution, area was shut down for an investigation. Further info revealed there was no threat to public safety. The area has now reopened. Media release to follow.”

At 2:15 pm, Niagara Police issued a release saying, “Officers were able to communicate with the persons within the suspect unit and the persons exited peacefully. Further investigation determined that there was no hostage situation or threat to the public.”

The downtown area and road closures were removed at noon.

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