MONTREAL – Isidore Havis, the 71-year-old Côte-St-Luc man who barricaded himself in his home three weeks ago and caused a 20-hour standoff with police, has died.

Havis died at 11:50 a.m. Saturday at the Montreal General Hospital. The cause of death has not been given, but his lawyer Jeffrey Boro said his client had health issues.

“The way he was treated from when they took him out of his house to when he died, another result could not have been expected,” Boro said.

“All the protocols were followed but when you have a 71-year-old man with a heart condition and dementia, well maybe the protocols should be rewritten.”

The incident with police began on July 30 after Havis threatened some Hydro-Quebec employees who were on his property. Police were called and one officer was shot in the leg, allegedly by Havis.

A large police presence, including a SWAT team, assembled outside his home on Guelph Rd. in Côte St. Luc and several neighbours were evacuated from their homes.

Finally, police broke down his front door and stormed the house.

Havis was injured by rubber bullets fired by police when they entered his home to disarm him.

Police subsequently removed and tagged 182 firearms and a dozen bayonets from his home. All were legally registered in his name.

Havis faced 15 charges, including one alleging he discharged a firearm with the intent to injure or endanger the life of a Montreal police officer.

An autopsy of Havis will be done Monday, and pending the results of that autopsy, the public safety minister may order an independent investigation into the death, said Laurent Gingras with the Montreal police.

asutherland@montrealgazette.com

Isidore Havis, arrested in 20-hour Côte-St-Luc standoff with police, has died. (Montreal Gazette)

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