The executive director of St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan has shed light on their lockdown on Wednesday.

Candace Kopec said their emergency response procedure was implemented due to a safety threat in the community.

"Once it was determined there was no longer a threat, we continued to keep all doors secured and monitored, reducing traffic as many departments had below baseline staffing levels as they were responding to the emergent situation," she said.

"We maintained all services where staffing levels were adequate.  Protective Services with the Saskatchewan Health Authority provided direction as to when the lockdown could be over and regular operations could resume."

A woman was transported to the hospital after a 6:38 a.m. call to emergency services with injuries police described as "consistent with a stabbing." She was pronounced deceased around 9 a.m.

The suspect and a police officer were transported to the hospital after an altercation around 9:30 a.m. Both were airlifted by STARS to Regina General Hospital. The suspect died in the afternoon, and the officer was reported as being in stable condition.

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