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Ravenswood residents evacuated as RCMP conducts six-hour standoff along Yankee Valley Blvd.

A six-hour standoff between Airdrie RCMP officers and the driver of a motor home on Yankee Valley Boulevard took place on Feb. 1 and 2.

A six-hour standoff between Airdrie RCMP officers and the driver of a motor home on Yankee Valley Boulevard took place on Feb. 1 and 2, concluding with the arrest of two Calgarians.

According to Airdrie RCMP, mounties conducted a traffic stop with the motor home near Ravenswood at about 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 1. As one officer conducted a police check, another officer looked into the motor home and saw the driver holding an assault rifle.

"Officers retreated to cover and resources were called in," a press release from the detachment stated. "Residences in the immediate area were evacuated as there was a threat of an explosion."

The release stated the City of Airdrie assisted with supplying buses for area families and transported them to the Airdrie Town and Country Centre. 

Airdrie RCMP were assisted by the Southern Alberta Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, Airdrie Fire Department, EMS and Calgary HAWCS.

After a lengthy standoff that lasted until the early morning, the male driver of the motor home surrendered to police.

Paul Herbert Crellin, 51, of Calgary now faces multiple charges, including failure to comply with a release order, resisting/obstructing a police officer, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes and unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. He also faces charges for possessing a prohibited weapon and careless use of a firearm.

Crellin also had five outstanding warrants from the Calgary Police Service and seven outstanding warrants from the Edmonton Police Service, according to the release. He has been remanded into custody and will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m.

A second male was travelling with Crellin, but following in a separate vehicle. Calgarian Joshua Peter Ball, 42, of was also arrested and faces multiple charges, including possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of body armour without a valid permit and Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, among others.

Like Crellin, Ball has been remanded into custody and will appear in in Airdrie Provincial Court on the same date as his colleague.

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