Hostage Taking Report Turns Out To Be Hoax

There was a significant police response this morning in the Willowgrove part of the city. At 8:40 AM a male person called the SPS Communications Centre, identified himself and indicated he was at a residence on Lucyk Cres and was holding two people hostage. The caller added that he had shot one of the hostages "in the knee" , went on to demand a ransom and indicated he was equipped with firearms and explosive devices.

Police and personnel from Medavie Health Services West responded, however after a short time officers were able to determine that the call was a hoax and that the residents at the home on Lucyk Cres. were not in any way involved.

Police were able to locate a man at another residence in the city , whose name was used by the caller, however it has been determined that person was also in no way involved.

Police were clear of the scene by 9:35 PM. The investigation is continuing in an effort to determine who actually did call police, however at this point there is very little additional information.

Anyone having any knowledge regarding this incident is asked to call the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Saskatoon CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

(Occurrence Number: 18-107340)