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Kelowna RCMP have apprehended a man following the conclusion of a police incident on Byrns Road.

Distraught man in custody

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP says one man is now in custody following a police incident on Byrns Road Sunday afternoon.

On January 16th, just before Noon, the Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a distraught man with a weapon in the 1700 block of Byrns Road.

Frontline officers immediately flooded the area and determined that the suspect was in a home in the area.

A portion of Byrns Road was closed for over an hour.

The Southeast District Critical Incident Program’s Emergency Response Team was deployed to the scene, along with a Critical Incident Commander and a Crisis Negotiator.

“A Kelowna man was apprehended into custody under the Mental Health Act with the assistance of the tactical Emergency Response Team and subsequently transported to hospital for further assessment,” says Cst. Solana Paré of the Kelowna RCMP.

“Police thank the public for their patience and understanding while we worked to resolve this incident safely.”

Byrns Road has now been re-opened to the public.


ORIGINAL: 2: 18 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP are currently on the scene of an unfolding incident on Byrns Road after reports of a man with a weapon.

Just before Noon, Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a man with a weapon in the 1700 block of Byrns Road.

RCMP say officers immediately flooded the area and determined that the suspect was in a home in the area.

“At this time, the suspect is believed to be contained,” says Cst. Solana Paré of the Kelowna RCMP.

“We have closed Byrns Road from Benvoulin Road to Burtch Road as we deal with this matter. We are requesting that the public remain away from the area at this time and if you reside in the area, to stay inside your home.”

A witness at the scene says police have their guns drawn and the Emergency Response Team has arrived.

"There is a heavy, armed police presence at both ends of Byrns Rd in Kelowna. I’ve just spoken to dispatch which described a “high-priority” situation. There are lots of police in the area," James said.

Castanet has a reporter headed to the scene.

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Cindy White


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