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Firearm seized in standoff

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP confirm a distraught man was taken into custody shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday following a lengthy standoff with police at the Winfield Mobile Home Park.

Tactical members of the Emergency Response Team, with help from a police service dog, were able to apprehend the man.

A search of the man's home turned up a loaded firearm.

Police continue to secure the scene.

The suspect was given a medical assessment at the scene, then transported to Kelowna General Hospital, where he was cleared to be held in custody.

“The Kelowna and Lake Country RCMP wish to thank all those who were directly affected by the incident for their patience, understanding and full cooperation,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.


UPDATE: 5:45 a.m.

An armed standoff in Lake Country ended about 11 p.m. with the armed suspect apprehended by police and taken away in an ambulance, residents tell Castanet.


UPDATE 10:05 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP officers continue to negotiate with a potentially armed man at the Winfield Mobile Home Park in Lake Country.

“The situation remains fluid at this time, and the RCMP ask the general public to avoid the immediate area, while police continue their efforts of working towards a peaceful resolution for all involved,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey in a statement to the media.

Police first responded to a call for service early Wednesday evening, with the ensuing investigation leading them to a home located at the trailer park.

O’Donaghey says officers “encountered a Kelowna man in his 60’s alone inside the mobile home unit, who police believe to be in need of assistance, and may have access to weapons.”

Beaver Lake Road remains closed and access to the trailer park is sealed off.

Nearby residents tell Castanet police have been attempting to communicate with the man via loudspeaker and have been trying to provide him a phone to help with negotiations.


UPDATE 9:30 p.m.

Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country remains closed as police negotiate with a potentially armed man in the Winfield Mobile Home Park.

Residents of the park and surrounding neighbourhood are still unable to return home and have not been provided an estimate of when they may be able to do so. 

The man at the centre of the standoff is believed to be in his 60s. Park residents tell Castanet they know little about the man and saw him rarely.

Residents say a series of threatening and incoherent Facebook posts provoked the police response. The Facebook posts, which remain on the platform, make reference to firearms and the man’s ability to “defend” himself.


UPDATE 8 p.m.

An armed police standoff in the Winfield Mobile Home Park in Lake Country continues. 

Residents of the park that live near the trailer police have focused on are still out of their homes and have not been given a time to expect they will able to return. Police have now blocked access to the entire park and blocked Beaver Lake Road.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team has been deployed. Residents say a man inside the trailer police have surrounded is believed to be armed with a hunting rifle and made threatening Facebook posts earlier today.


ORIGINAL 7 p.m.

Residents of the Winfield Mobile Home Park on Beaver Lake Road tell Castanet police have swarmed the park and are engaged in an armed standoff.

Resident Nadine Enright says some residents of the park near the home police have focused their attention on have not been allowed into the area.

“They’ve got both the roads blocked, spike belts,” she said. “The cops are everywhere with their rifles, calling him on the speaker and asking him to answer his phone.”

It’s believed the man the police are attempting to detain made a series of concerning Facebook posts today. Police have had the trailer surrounded for about 40 minutes.

Enright said a large convoy of RCMP vehicles flew into the park around the same time she was arriving home.

“We are all stuck behind some cars. They have all the roads spiked now so he can’t get out. We are kinda just stuck" waiting for the standoff to conclude, she said.

Castanet has reached out to RCMP for comment.



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