Police lay charges in bizarre Mississauga standoff
Police have now laid charges against a Mississauga man who kept them engaged in a bizarre 14-hour standoff as he wielded a sword.
Though police did not initially lay charges, 27-year-old Neil Armstrong now faces breach of probation and dangerous weapons charges.
Const. George Tudos said Tuesday that police were concerned for Armstrong’s safety when they responded to calls Monday, which indicated that a man was spotted walking in and out of the home carrying a sword.
The standoff had lasted nearly 14 hours after police responded to a home on Manzanillo Crescent, near Britannia Road West and Ninth Line around 10:50 a.m. Monday.
Police cordoned off the home and evacuated neighbouring houses as a precaution.
Eventually Armstrong jumped from a second-floor window in his final attempt to escape.
He was quickly located by police and is currently being treated in hospital, where he was remanded by way of a telephone bail hearing.
A male police officer was also transported to hospital for a leg injury sustained during the chase.
Const. Fiona Thivierge of Peel Regional Police said she could not confirm how the officer was hurt, but added that his injuries were not serious.