A 22-year-old man is in custody after shots were fired in connection with a seven-hour standoff at a motel in Redwater on Christmas morning.

Edmonton officers were in the rural community north of Edmonton tracking an individual at a motel. Redwater RCMP officers were called in after shots were fired at Edmonton Police Service officers, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team was deployed.

A witness said a man was barricaded in a motel room. The incident began around 8 a.m. and ended after 3 p.m. when tactical police moved into the room. The man was removed from the room “yelling and screaming,” and taken from the scene by ambulance, a witness said.

The man was arrested and taken to hospital due to medical distress, police say. There were no injuries.

This is the second time in three days that shots have been fired at EPS officers in pursuit of a suspect. Police confirmed that Sunday night's incident at a traffic stop at 100 Ave. and 158 St. is related to Tuesday's arrest in Redwater. During Sunday's incident, gunfire was exchanged after four officers stopped a light blue Toyota 4Runner at the traffic stop. No one was injured.

As a precaution, RCMP had closed Highway 38 at one point.

There was no word on charges as police continued to investigate.

With files from The Canadian Press