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Ottawa woman, 41, charged after major police operation in east Ottawa

A 41-year-old Ottawa woman faces several weapons charges and another for uttering death threats.

Ottawa police had numerous officers from multiple units at a housing complex on Hochelaga Street, Sunday, May 16, 2021.

A 41-year-old Ottawa woman faces several weapons charges and another for uttering death threats in the wake of a major police operation in east Ottawa that stretched on for more than 12 hours, and saw nearby residents evacuated.

According to an Ottawa Police Service news release, police were called to a home on Hochelaga Street, off Montreal Road, around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, where a woman, “armed with a firearm had threatened to kill a neighbour.”

A safety perimeter was erected, and tactical officers and negotiators were brought in.

The public was asked to avoid the area, and Hochelaga was closed at Gulf Place and Bermuda Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing heavily armed police, tactical units and K-9 units at the scene.

At 11:35 p.m., “the woman surrendered peacefully and was arrested without incident,” according to the police service, which also reported that no one was injured.

Residents who had been evacuated were allowed back into their houses “once it was deemed safe for them to do so.”

A search warrant was executed at the home Monday, and police recovered an unspecified item they say is believed to have been used as a weapon.

Deanna Rotondo, 41, of Ottawa has been charged with uttering death threats, assault with a weapon, pointing a firearm and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence. She was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

The police service thanked the public for their co-operation. “Public safety was of highest priority during this police operation and follow-up investigation,” their statement reads.

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