Update: Seven-hour police standoff in Maple Ridge

31-year-old man arrested, charge of uttering threats pending

  • Jan. 2, 2019 12:00 a.m.

A weapons call in a residential area of Maple Ridge resulted in a seven-hour police stand-off on New Year’s Day.

It ended in police arresting a 31-year-old man.

On Jan. 1, at around 10 a.m., Ridge Meadows RCMP received a call about a man with a weapon in the 12900-block of 246th Street, near Allco Park.

Police allege he was threatening to harm himself and police.

Police confirmed the man was inside a home, and general duty members set up a containment area around it, said Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk.

No other homes in the area were evacuated.

Due to the nature of the incident, the RCMP Emergency Response Unit and a crisis negotiator were called to assist and arrived at the location at around 1 p.m.

They established visual contact with the man, and around 4:30 p.m., he was arrested without further incident, police said.

Neighbours reported seeing officers wearing camouflage and a police dog team in the area. Flash bangs could be heard near the home at one point, according to reports.

The man was medically assessed at the scene by the B.C. Ambulance Service. After being medically cleared, he was transported to Ridge Meadows RCMP.

A charge of uttering threats is being recommended.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time, said Gresiuk.

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