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  • Firefighters Called to Mount Pearl Home that was Focus of Standoff

    Photo by Earl Noble

    A dramatic sequence of events played out on an otherwise quiet Mount Pearl Street on Tuesday.

    Firefighters were called to the residence Tuesday evening shortly after the arrest of a man who was involved in a seven hour standoff with police.

    The house was extensively damaged by the blaze. A cat was rescued and offered assistance by firefighters. There were no other known injuries in the blaze.

    The fire followed an extensive police effort earlier in the day that ended with the arrest of Justin Wiseman.

    Earlier Story

    A tense standoff in Mount Pearl ended peacefully this evening with one man in custody.

    Police were tipped-off to an individual wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in the Jersey Avenue area of Mount Pearl just after the lunch hour.

    VOCM News has learned the man is Justin Wiseman.

    Police were going to obtain an arrest warrant to enter the home, but when they learned multiple people were inside they decided to use other means.

    Officers surrounded the home with their weapons drawn, and used megaphones to communicate with those inside.

    Two women left the home peacefully in the late afternoon, before a third woman left before police moved in.

    Just before 7PM police learned that a fire had been set inside the residence.

    The RNC’s tactical unit forced their way inside the home and removed Wiseman without incident.

    Wiseman was charged with weapons offences for another standoff on Springdale Street in May 2013, and was one of a group of people responsible for inciting a riot in the chapel of Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in 2014.

    (Justin Wiseman, third from the left.)

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