Syringe-welding gunmen spark standoff in Montreal

A Montreal police officer has his gun drawn near a row of townhomes where two suspects barricaded...

A Montreal police officer has his gun drawn near a row of townhomes where two suspects barricaded themselves inside a unit on March 4, 2014 in Montreal. (SYLVAIN DENIS/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

MONTREAL — Police arrested two armed men following a three-hour standoff in a Montreal townhouse that began with an armed robbery at a pharmacy.

SWAT team members had surrounded a row of townhouses with guns drawn at 10 a.m. after two men barricaded themselves inside a unit.

Two hooded suspects had jumped over the counter at an east-end pharmacy across the street. They threatened an employee with a syringe and demanded medication. Witnesses say the suspects then pulled a gun.

They tried to leave the building quietly, but eyewitnesses called 911, prompting the men to run into the townhouse.

Police arrived quickly with a heavily-armoured truck.

SWAT team members descended from the truck and other officers were seen running to and fro, stopping bystanders from approaching the area.

A daycare is located inside the perimeter, and police told workers to keep the children inside the building during the operation.

People who live inside the townhouses were also confined to their homes.

 


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