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Still no charges in jail standoff

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There’s still no word as to whether any charges will be laid in connection with a 16-hour standoff at the Fort Frances Jail back in June.

“My understanding is that nobody has been charged,” said Julia Noonan, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Correctional Services.

“I can say our investigation is complete. However, it’s under review,” she noted. “This is a very serious, and unusual, incident so any solid recommendation could take some time.”

Noonan noted no update was likely until the new year.

The armed standoff, which involved at least two inmates taking correctional staff hostage, began on the evening of June 28.

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) were called in, but the suspects eventually surrendered peacefully on the afternoon of June 29.

The inmates believed behind the standoff remain in custody facing unrelated charges.

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