Woman threatening with firearm caused Grand Forks evacuation

Evacuation due to firearm

A woman in emotional distress believed to have been wielding a firearm caused a Grand Forks apartment to be evacuated this weekend. 

On Saturday March 28 at 7:45 p.m., Grand Forks RCMP responded to a call in the 2100 block of 68th avenue to check on the well-being of a resident. 

Officers discovered an emotionally distraught woman who they believed had a firearm and who refused to leave the home, and allegedly threatened violence. 

Approximately 15 residents from the apartment building were evacuated as the RCMP emergency response team and crisis negotiators took over. 

"Despite all efforts to de-escalate the situation, and have the woman exit her home, tactically trained members were required to breach the door to her residence in order to apprehend her," said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP Southeast District media relations officer.

The 43-year-old Grand Forks woman was transported to hospital for a full medical assessment.

Residents were allowed back into their homes at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday.

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