Police have surrounded a unit at the Centennial Motel in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)

Police have surrounded a unit at the Centennial Motel in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)

UPDATE: Police surround unit at Maple Ridge motel

Police arrest a man wanted on an outstanding warrang

There was a large police presence outside a Maple Ridge motel on Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. police descended on the Centennial Motel, surrounding a unit in the complex located on the Lougheed Highway, near the corner of 216th Street.

There were officers with long guns, members of the Emergency Response Team in fatigues, a police dog, and among the seven to eight marked and unmarked cruisers that responded was an armoured vehicle.

A witness said he saw police deploy tear gas at about 6 p.m., and then remove people from a room, and said his eyes and throat were burning from across the street.

According to Ridge Meadows RCMP Insp. Jayson Lucash, police did arrested one man on two outstanding warrants.

“The wanted man is known to flee from police and has a history of violence,” Lucash said.

“To ensure a safe arrest the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team was activated and police made repeated attempts to call the occupants out of a building which were unsuccessful,” he added.

Police confirm tear gas was utilized, with what the inspector said were “no reports of adverse affects to the general public.”

Lucash also confirmed a second man in the motel was arrested on a warrant out of Quebec.

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Police have surrounded a unit at the Centennial Motel in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)

Police have surrounded a unit at the Centennial Motel in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)

Police have surrounded a unit at the Centennial Motel in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)

Police have surrounded a unit at the Centennial Motel in Maple Ridge. (Colleen Flanagan/Maple Ridge News)