The 911 caller then ran out of a nearby home, and said the distressed man was in a basement unit there. Officers eventually determined that the man had left before police arrived.
Bussiere’s boyfriend did not return messages asking to discuss the case.
Bussiere said there were as many as 10 officers in the house during the incident, which left her boyfriend’s 11-year-old brother deeply shaken. She said it was heartbreaking to hear the boy say on the phone, “That was so scary I was shaking in the corner.”
In its release, the police service said “life threatening calls like this pose a significant risk to those in distress and to other members of the community,” and that a great deal of time and effort go into resolving them safely. Crisis negotiators, tactical officers and an incident commander were all sent to Montgomery Street.
Earlier this month, the police board heard that the Ottawa service uses warrantless entries for “active emergency situations,” such as when a gunman is active or when lives are at risk because of an individual’s behaviour.
The manner in which police enter private homes has been the subject of much controversy during the past year.
Last February, an Ottawa judge criticized the police service’s overreliance on dynamic entry, a tactic used during the execution of warrants – most often in drug and gun-related cases – to preserve evidence. It typically involves police breaking down a door with a battering ram and deploying a flash grenade to distract the occupants while officers enter a residence.
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