08/22/2012 08:10 EDT | Updated 10/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta RCMP Arrest Butcher Knife-Wielding Man Who Held Two People Hostage


BONNYVILLE, Alta. - RCMP say officers safely arrested a butcher knife-wielding east-central Alberta man who had urged police to shoot him.

Police say they responded Tuesday night to reports of an armed man holding two people hostage in a Bonnyville home.

Officers then learned that the two people being held were known to the man.

Police say they managed to remove the hostages from the home and arrest the man.

The 22-year-old faces forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, assaulting a police officer, uttering threats and other charges.

The suspect, who was not identified, is undergoing a medical assessment.