Highway 658 Reopens Following Barricade Incident in Kenora

Ontario Provincial Police

KENORA, ON – The stretch of Highway 658 between Dalles Road and Coker Road in Kenora is now accessible to the public following the resolution of a high-stakes barricade situation.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Kenora Detachment successfully concluded their operations without any reported injuries and have apprehended an individual on firearms-related charges.

Details of the Standoff: The incident unfolded on the evening of May 6, 2024, when local authorities were alerted about an armed person who had barricaded themselves inside a residence on Snow Drive. The Kenora OPP swiftly mobilized various specialized units, including the Emergency Response Team, Crisis Negotiators, and Canine Units, to ensure the safety of the community and manage the situation effectively.

Response and Resolution: After intensive negotiations and tactical operations, the situation was defused with the arrest of the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital for assessment. The multi-unit response underscored the OPP’s preparedness to handle potentially dangerous scenarios, ensuring minimal risk to both the public and law enforcement personnel.

Community Impact: With the area no longer under lockdown, residents and commuters can travel freely along Highway 658. As the criminal investigation continues, the OPP remains vigilant, maintaining public safety and providing updates as necessary.

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