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Police issue emergency alert for active shooter in Vanderhoof

Active shooter arrested

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.

Vanderhoof RCMP says they have a suspect in custody after a gunman took shots at the detachment on Thursday.

The Vanderhoof RCMP responded to reports of an active shooter with a long gun targeting the RCMP Detachment in the 100 Block of Columbia Street and who then continued to drive around the area. The public was asked to stay inside or to shelter in place.

An emergency lockdown had been declared at 12:16 p.m. and was lifted a bit more than an hour later when RCMP made the arrest. A brief pursuit was initiated, during which a police vehicle was rammed. The suspect was then arrested without incident.

Although the public was originally asked not to share photos or videos of the police operation after the emergency alert was issued, images of the arrest began circulating on social media.

Residents in the community 100 kilometres west of Prince George, had been warned to lock their doors and windows and, if possible, do not leave their homes or businesses.

RCMP had been looking for an armed man with a long rifle and is reportedly driving in a white Ford pickup with extended cab.

In an email to parents sent on Thursday afternoon, School District 57 acting superintendent Cindy Heitman said the district enacted its "school threat assessment protocol" when the alert was issued.

"This was a precautionary measure only as the incident was not in our area and was not one that posed a significant risk to students or staff," Heitman wrote. "However, as part of our ongoing committment to ensuring a safe learning environment, we take all issues that may affect school safety seriously."

The localized police Emergency Alert that was issued in Vanderhoof has now been rescinded. The recommended lockdown is over and businesses and schools have been told to return to normal operations.

Roadblocks that had been put in place are currently being dismantled and the RCMP is thanking the public for their cooperation during this dynamic and unfolding event.

At this time there is nothing to indicate any further ongoing threats to the public said Corporal Madonna Saunderson, BC RCMP Media spokesperson Fortunately there were no reported injuries to anyone during this event.

Vanderhoof RCMP continue to investigate the situation, anyone who was a witness to these events is asked to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222


UPDATE 1:45 p.m.

Vanderhoof RCMP says they have a suspect in custody after a gunman took shots at the detachment on Thursday.

An emergency lockdown had been declared at 12:16 p.m. and was lifted a bit more than an hour later when RCMP made the apprehension.

Residents in the community 100 kilometres west of Prince George had been warned to lock their doors and windows and, if possible, do not leave their homes or businesses.

RCMP had been looking for an armed man with a long rifle and is reportedly driving in a white Ford pickup with extended cab.

This story will be updated when more details are available.

– Prince George Citizen


ORIGINAL 1:10 p.m.

Residents of Vanderhoof are being told to stay indoors due to a report of an active shooter in the community 80 kilometres west of Prince George.

RCMP say their detachment in the 100 block of Columbia Street was targeted by a “shooter with a long gun” at 12:16 p.m. on Thursday.

The shooter then continued to drive the area, police say.

“The public is asked to stay inside or shelter in place, lock your doors and refrain from leaving your home or business at this time. All others need to avoid the downtown area and follow all police directions or restrictions,” RCMP said in a statement.

The lone male suspect is driving a white Ford pick-up truck with an extended cab. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 911 should be called immediately.

“Frontline officers, as well as specialized units have been deployed and are responding to the incident. The public is asked to not post any photos or videos that disclose police locations or tactics,” RCMP said.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area and let first responders work. An emergency alert has been issued in Vanderhoof warning residents of the situation.



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