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Standoff charges possible

Josh Winquist

UPDATE: 1:31 p.m.

The man at the centre of a standoff in Coldstream Monday is facing possible charges relating to firearm offences and assault.

RCMP say through its investigation it discovered the 33-year-old man allegedly assaulted and threatened a woman in the home. 

The woman was able to escape and get to safety. 

The man then barricaded himself in the home with an alleged firearm and refused to present himself to police. 

Following a 15-hour standoff with police, the man was taken into custody without incident. 

The woman from the home was treated for minor injuries.

"The scene was secured overnight to allow for further investigation and as a result, a search warrant was executed on the home and a firearm was seized," says Const. Kelly Brett.

The investigation at the home on Torrent Drive has been cleared. 

"Again the North Okanagan RCMP would like to thank the public and residents that were affected by the incident for their patience and support as we worked to resolve the situation with the desired peaceful outcome it had." 

The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released. 


ORIGINAL: 5 a.m.

A quiet calm has returned to a Coldstream neighbourhood following a tense standoff Monday between a distraught man and RCMP. 

The standoff began just before midnight and wrapped up more than 15 hours later with the man in custody. 

People living along Torrent Drive describe what it was like to have RCMP wake them up in the middle of the night.

"I could see through the glass window a man in black and a big gun ...We heard from the other side of the door, 'we are issuing a warning to stay inside.'"    

Similar directions were given to other residents in the area by RCMP. 

"It was like a dream," said one lady.

Another said, "we had our doorbell ring at 2 a.m.... they told us to stay away from the windows and turn off the lights."

The home beside the house where the incident was unfolding was evacuated later in the morning.

With help from the RCMP Emergency Response Team, the family had to escape out the basement window.

"The cops do a good job of doing what they need to do ... we knew that the police had the situation under control and they gave very clear directions on what they expected us to do, and we just followed their directions."

Just before 3 p.m., almost 15 hours after the standoff started, the man was taken into custody. 

After the arrest RCMP issued the following statement:

“The RCMP wish to extend thanks to the general public for their patience and support," said Const. Kelly Brett of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.  “We extend our gratitude especially to those residents who were displaced from their homes or asked to remain inside and for their patience and understanding during what was a very dynamic situation."



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