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1 dead in domestic dispute

Update -- April 22

A mother-of-three is dead and her estranged husband has been arrested following a tense police standoff in Clearwater, B.C.

The suspect was taken into custody Monday evening after his home was surrounded by RCMP officers, an Emergency Response Team and a police helicopter.

Mounties have confirmed few details but said the couple's children were unharmed.

The children were with the suspect in his home at the time of his arrest and safely removed by RCMP Emergency Response Team members

“As the investigation is in the early stages, police are not able to provide further information at this time,” Clearwater RCMP said in a statement.

The department would not comment on a potential cause of death.

Neighbours said the victim was killed at home and that the suspect barricaded himself inside his own residence across town, sparking the lengthy standoff.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon where formal charges will be laid.

Until then police will not confirm the identity of either the suspect or the victim.

An RCMP Emergency Response Team has surrounded a home in Clearwater, B.C., where there are unverified reports of a fatal domestic dispute.

Mounties have been on scene for hours in an apparent standoff but have provided few details about what’s going on.

“Clearwater RCMP is currently dealing with a police incident which involves the deployment of additional police resources,” the force said in a statement. “Police are not able to provide further information at this time.”

Several officers and a police helicopter have been dispatched to the home.

Neighbours said a man is barricaded inside the residence and that a woman was killed.

Shortly after 6 p.m., a young boy was taken from the scene in an ambulance, though it’s unclear whether he suffered any injuries.


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