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Cops respond to false alarm

Jennifer Zielinski

Sunday's lengthy police standoff in West Kelowna has turned out to be a false alarm.

The investigation is now centered around an offence of public mischief.

RCMP showed up in full force after receiving a report of a 'very serious nature' about a home in the 900 block of Stevenson Road shortly before 5:30 p.m.

"Due to the high level of risk to public safety, police established containment around the residence and evacuated adjacent homes," says Cst. Kris Clark.

Homes on both Stevenson Road and Teal Road were evacuated and all traffic was stopped.

Shortly after 9:30, about four hours after the call came in to police, the Emergency Response Team breached the home.

"The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and entered the house, clearing it without incident. No one was found inside.

Investigators are relieved no one was injured in the incident but are 'disturbed' at the complete disregard for public safety," says Clark.

He adds whenever police receive a false report, especially of this nature, it diverts police and other emergency personnel and potentially delays response to legitimate emergencies.

More than a dozen vehicles and several dozen officers were dispatched to the scene.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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