Cranbrook: Man in custody
Oct 30, 2013 / 9:56 pm
UPDATE 9:30 PM -
Hwy. 3 has reopened through Cranbrook.
Reports are coming in that after a nine-hour-long police standoff at Cranbrook's Nomad Motel the 'distraught' man was taken into custody without incident.
The highway was closed from just after noon until about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
A portion of the main drag through Cranbrook in the East Kootenay's has been blocked off because of what is being called a police incident.
RCMP say they are currently dealing with a distraught male held up in a room at the Nomad Motel.
A witness told Castanet the man may have a hostage, but that is unconfirmed at this time.
Police received a call about the male at 12:20 p.m. local time. Police attended to assist, when the male made comments that caused them concern as it affected public safety. Police sent up a perimeter, moved persons out of the area and currently are attempting to make contact with the male inside.
It is unknown if he has any weapons, but police are taking precautions to ensure the safety of those in the area.
Castanet reader Larry Belzac tells us an ambulance is on stand-by as well as a large number of police officers.
"Appears their main focus is on one of the motels located along this section of highway," says Belzac.
Officers from Cranbrook are being assisted by members from the surrounding area and traffic services.
The motel is located in the 100 block of Cranbrook Street North, which is Highway 3, the main road through Cranbrook. Traffic is being routed around the scene.
All heavy trucks as well as all other traffic heading west have been rerouted. This has caused other streets to be back-up and traffic slowing.
DriveBC reports: Highway 3 Both directions closed between Victoria Ave. N to 6th St. N in Cranbrook because of Police Incident. Detour available. Assessment in progress. Updated on Wed Oct 30 at 12:59 p.m.
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