ople in the town of Stoughton, Sask., woke up to a heavy police presence Wednesday morning.
RCMP confirmed there is an ongoing investigation in the community, located about 60 kilometres east of Weyburn, but did not elaborate on what the situation was.
Discover Weyburn said the situation appeared to be a standoff, but said officers at the scene would only say they were executing a search warrant. Discover Weyburn added investigators were walking in and out of an older home through a door that appeared to have been kicked in.
One man in the town told 980 CJME that he lives on a street that was blocked off at around 6 a.m.
He added that he heard three shots around 7:45 a.m., then observed RCMP going into a nearby home. He said he also saw SWAT team members.
Neighbours said police are now gone and the street is no longer blocked off. At 12 p.m., RCMP confirmed that members were no longer on the scene, but that the investigation was ongoing.
There are also unconfirmed reports police have moved to a rural property somewhere outside of Stoughton, but it hasn’t been confirmed if the two locations are connected.
Discover Weyburn reported that at the rural property – approximately 15 km west – one RCMP officer watched a white truck that had slid into a ditch with its motor still running. Four “large but friendly” dogs were present, but the RCMP officer wouldn’t say who they belonged to.
According to Discover Weyburn, the RCMP officer confirmed the truck was related to the scene in Stoughton, but couldn’t say if it had been involved in a chase.
Discover Weyburn added there were unconfirmed reports from people in the Stoughton area that two locations – one in Stoughton, the other at a farm north of the community – were involved in early morning raids.
— With files from Discover Weyburn