Firefighters at Fire Hall 1 tend to a 30-year-old male who was stabbed in Maple Ridge this afternoon. (Colleen Flanagan/ THE NEWS)

VIDEO: Police respond to stabbing in Maple Ridge

UPDATED: A 30-year-old man was stabbed three times this afternoon

A man, bleeding and wounded from an apparent stabbing attack, stumbled into a Maple Ridge firehall this afternoon.

The call to RCMP came in around 1:45 p.m on Thursday afternoon, after the victim walked into Maple Ridge’s Fire Hall #1 at 227th Street and Dewdney Trunk Road seeking medical attention.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was stabbed in the leg, arm, and head, and was bleeding, according to reports on ScanBC.

Firefighters tended to the victim, an ambulance was been dispatched, and three police officers were on scene, shortly after the call.

Meanwhile, Mounties were combing the area, looking for two male suspects last seen walking by St. Patrick’s School on the corner of 121 Avene and Edge Street.

As a result, Eric Langton Elementary and St. Patrick Catholic school were ordered to lockdown immediately. An alert also went out to parents from those schools, stipulated that everyone was safe, and that an update would be provided once the hold and secure was lifted, as it was.

Notification of the assault and subsequent lockdown also shared with parents of Harry Hoogie Elementary, saying their students and staff were also on a hold and secure.

RCMP tweeted out saying they needed people out of the area to enable them to continue their investigation. Police dog services were in the area surrounding the schools.

Meanwhile, a short distance away there was a large plainclothes police presence noted at 223rd Street and 119th Avenue – just after 2 p.m. It appeared four unmarked police cruisers and several officers were in the area and two or three men were taken into custody, according to witnesses.

Contacted some time later that afternoon, RCMP Const. Julie Klaussner could not verify if that takedown incident was related to the stabbing, or if anyone had been apprehended in the assault.

She simply noted the investigation was still ongoing.


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