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Man barricaded inside Saskatoon apartment arrested by police

Saskatoon police have taken a man into custody after reports of a break and enter at an apartment.

On Monday morning, police say officers arrived at the break and enter in progress at an apartment in the 1100 block of Avenue W North.

Read more: Saskatoon police warn eastside residents of increase in break-and-enters

Police said they were also informed firearms might be present in the apartment.

Four people came out of the apartment but one man refused to leave the building, police said.

The area was blocked off and police called in members of the tactical support unit and the crisis negotiation team, who attempted to talk to the man for more than four hours.

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Read more: Saskatoon police warn eastside residents of increase in break-and-enters

Police said less-lethal force was deployed by officers to gain access to the apartment.

The man deployed pepper spray at the officers before he was taken into custody, police said.

The 33-year-old man is facing seven charges including assaulting peace officers with a weapon, unlawfully in a dwelling and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

Two other people — a 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman — were also charged with being unlawfully in a dwelling. The woman is also charged with breach of court conditions.

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