Negotiator talks man into surrendering

A 50-year-old man from Louis Creek was in custody Monday

Police vehicles blocked Stone Road in Louis Creek last Monday while negotiating with a man to surrender from his home on that road.

Police vehicles blocked Stone Road in Louis Creek last Monday while negotiating with a man to surrender from his home on that road.

A 50-year-old man from Louis Creek was in custody Monday, and had been charged with breaching his conditions after police were called to his home early Monday morning.

On July 21, at 8:44 a.m., the Barriere RCMP responded to a report of an assault at a residence on the 600 block of Stone Road in Louis Creek.

The suspect had apparently hit a 47-year-old woman and threatened her life.

The woman was eventually able to escape from the residence while police surrounded the home.

Due to the circumstances of the incident and the potential danger to both the responding police officers and the public, the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was requested to attend.

An RCMP Crisis Negotiator began communicating with the suspect by telephone and was able to successfully de-escalate the situation.

The man was taken into custody without incident shortly after 10:00 a.m. that morning.

During the negotiation, police shut down Stone Road.  Those residing on that road were unable to leave the area by vehicle until the standoff had come to a conclusion.

Police report the woman sustained minor injuries, and that the investigation is ongoing.

As of Tuesday morning, Richard Gerald Potvin remained in custody, and had been charged with two counts of Breach of Undertaking.

He was scheduled to appear in Court that same day.

Police report Potvin could face additional charges pending further investigation.