Police Standoff on Grand Street

A day long standoff involving heavily armed police and armoured vehicles on Grand Street in Brantford ended mid Friday afternoon.

Local residents report three or four people were taken into police custody at approximately 3PM.

Brantford Police say the investigation began at approximately 7:00AM when they were led to the residence at 48 Grand Street in response an individual with a suspected firearm.

“The investigation is being taken very seriously. We have officers from our Emergency Response Team on scene and have closed off the surrounding area.”

Constable Shane Seibert, Brantford Police

Constable Seibert could not comment on how many people or suspected firearms were in the residence at the time the standoff began. However, police confirm the street has now re-opened and there is no further risk to public safety.

As a precaution, Graham Bell Victoria School and Grandview School, were both closed for the day.

Area residents report the home involved in the investigation has a great deal of drug activity. Constable Seibert could not confirm that information.

Local and regional media wait during the standoff on Grand Street Friday afternoon. The stand-off lasted approximately eight hours.

This is the fifth major incident in Brantford within two weeks. During the week of October 7th, police responded to two violent home invasions and a shooting that sent a 25 year old man to hospital with a gun shot wound. Also, on October 11th, a man was taken into custody after Brantford Police assisted the Toronto Police Guns and Gangs Task Force in West Brant. There were two thousand rounds of ammunition and illicit drugs seized during that investigation.