Standoff ends empty-handed for Cornwall police

A Cornwall police officer takes up position on Cariere Street Dec. 18, 2015 during a standoff at a home across the street. Police later entered the house and found it empty. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A standoff that lasted most of the day Friday in north-end Cornwall has ended with police entering the home – but nobody was inside.

Officers with the tactical unit, the Cornwall Emergency Response Team (CERT), had surrounded the single-storey bungalow at 14 Cariere Avenue for most of the day.

It was believed a man – Fritzner Moise – was in the home, based on information the police received during an investigation of a separate incident.

Moise is wanted by Montreal police for attempted murder.

He is no stranger to Cornwall police. He was arrested in October 2013 by Montreal police on a warrant for failing to attend court in Cornwall in 2012.

A section of Cariere from Pitt Street to Leger Avenue was cordoned off and Eamer’s Corners Public School was in “hold and secure” as a precaution.

In a “hold and secure”, the doors to the outside are locked but students can move freely from classroom to classroom.

Police entered the house around 2:15 p.m., shortly after officers tossed in one, possibly two, distraction devices.

They were inside the home for roughly 20 minutes before disbanding.

 

A police officer uses a special camera on a pole to look inside a house on Cariere Avenue Dec. 18, 2015 during an all-day standoff. Officers later entered the building and found it empty. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
A police officer uses a special camera on a pole to look inside a house on Cariere Avenue Dec. 18, 2015 during an all-day standoff. Officers later entered the building and found it empty. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Const. Dan Cloutier told Cornwall Newswatch nobody was located inside the home.

Moise is apparently still at large.

 

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