October 21, 2009 / 5:50 PM / in 8 years

Canada gunman holds hostages in Edmonton building

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A man armed with a rifle took walked into a Workers Compensation Board office in the Western Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday and took several people hostage, police said.

<p>Police prepare a robot outside the Worker's Compensation Building where a gunman is holding hostages in Edmonton, October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber</p>

As many as nine people were being held captive in the downtown office building about six hours after the hostage-taking began.

Police evacuated the building and spokesman Jeff Wuite told reporters that officers were negotiating with the man, described as a disgruntled compensation claimant.

The Edmonton Journal newspaper quoted an acquaintance of the man as saying he is a former construction worker with a long-held grudge against the board that stems from a botched knee examination.

The acquaintance said the man has also been involved in a lengthy custody dispute with the mother of his child and recently threatened to jump off a local bridge, halting traffic for several hours.

Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson

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