More details are coming to light after the man with a gun in downtown Moose Jaw Sunday afternoon. 60 year old Jack Raymond Keewatin is in custody after the standoff at the bottom of Main Street.
Sgt Rick Johns with the Moose Jaw Police Service says the extremely rare incident ended well, given the circumstances. Johns says if police believed the gun was real, they could have used deadly force.
"Upon arriving at the scene, it was unknown if the firearm was real or not." explained Johns. "The weapon was very similar, almost identical to a actually firearm but in short order, police were able to determine, thanks to people who were known to the suspect, that it was a pellet style gun."
Video of the incident shows some difficulty with the K9 unit assisting in the arrest of the suspect. Johns says the handler used a short leash due to the amount of people in the area and the confusion that it could have caused. The commotion made it difficult for the dog to focus on the suspect. Officials will be reviewing the incident and tactics used, so they can learn for the future.
So far, there has been no motive established for the standoff. No one was hurt, although there was a three vehicle crash as drivers attempted to flee the scene. The Crown opposed his release and have set over his case until tomorrow when he will appear via video.