Sioux Valley Man Makes His First Court Appearance

A Sioux Valley Dakota Nation man, charged in connection with an armed standoff at a home on the reserve Saturday night, remains in custody, after making his first court appearance set yesterday in Brandon.

At 7:45 p.m., Virden RCMP were called to the residence, on a report of a man armed with a knife, threatening the residents.

When Mounties arrived, the suspect had fled the scene, and police set up a traffic stop, which the accused refused to stop for, and when officers followed him, he abandoned his vehicle and entered a home in the community, barricading himself inside.

Two people in the home were taken from the premises through a window, and just after 12 a.m. Sunday morning, Emergency Response Team members were able to enter the home and take 42-year-old Bruce Branth, who will make his next appearance in Brandon on January 19th.

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