Charlottetown armed standoff case adjourned

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FILE PHOTO: A paramedic is seen talking to a police officer in a vehicle outside an incident in the Sherwood Shopping Centre.

Howard Joseph Dalton pleads not guilty on two charges arising from event involving crisis negotiation team

A 54-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a standoff with the police at a Charlottetown Family and Human Services office has pleaded not guilty to two charges.

Howard Joseph Dalton appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown Thursday where he entered the not guilty pleas.

Dalton is charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

On March 1, a Charlottetown police crisis negotiation team spent five hours at the Family and Human Services office in the Sherwood Business Centre.

Office staff alleged the man had a small knife and threatened to harm himself.

No one was hurt during the standoff.

During his brief appearance Thursday, Dalton told the court he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had physical problems.

"For me to leave my house is quite a burden," he said.

Dalton was released from custody on an undertaking, which the Crown asked to have altered to include a condition he refrain from possessing any weapons.

He will be back in court March 31 to set a date for a trial on the two charges.

Organizations: Charlottetown Family and Human Services, Sherwood Business Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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