Shelter in place order cancelled after police arrest suspect in Gaspé region

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SAINT-ELZÉAR, Que. — An allegedly armed and dangerous suspect who prompted a shelter in place order for a small municipality on Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula has been arrested.

Authorities issued a Quebec Ready Alert warning on Friday afternoon, telling those in the area of St-Elzéar-de-Bonaventure, Que., in eastern Quebec, to shelter indoors, lock their doors and stay away from windows.

Quebec provincial police said the man being sought was in crisis and was spotted near the corner of Central Road and Route de l'Est. They had been looking for him since 2:30 a.m. in the community about 865 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the man was armed.

Provincial police tweeted late Friday evening that the suspect had been taken into custody and was being interviewed by investigators. Police confirmed the imminent threat had ended, and the alert was cancelled.

Later Friday, police said they were aware the armed threat alert was sent across the province.

"We are also aware of the inconvenience this may have caused to some," the force said. "Verifications are underway to determine the causes of this problem encountered."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 2, 2022.

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