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Standoff finally ends

Josh Winquist

UPDATE: 3:21 p.m.

The nearly 15-hour standoff in Coldstream has come to an end.

A man was seen getting arrested and escorted into the back of an RCMP cruiser just after 3 p.m.

The male in a black shirt and toque received medical attention from paramedics before being escorted off the premises.  

“The RCMP wish to extend thanks to the general public for their patience and support," said Const. Kelly Brett.  “We extend our gratitude especially to those residents who were displaced from their homes or asked to remain inside and for their patience and understanding during what was a very dynamic situation." 

The public can expect to see some officers remain at the scene for investigation purposes. 

Residents in the area should be able to return to their homes soon, according to Vernon RCMP. 

The male did not suffer any serious injuries. 

Castanet will continue to keep the public updated with more information as it becomes available.


UPDATE: 3 p.m. 

The standoff in Coldstream has finally come to an end, according to RCMP. 

Castanet will provide more details as soon as they are available. 


UPDATE: 1:55 p.m.

There have been few updates on the standoff situation in Coldstream.

RCMP ERT is still on the scene and the same road closures are in effect. 
 
If parents are looking to pick up or drop off children, it is recommended they use Postill Drive or head over to McClounie road up to Coldstream Creek road and then down Cunliff. 
 
For bus information they are to contact the School District 22 for information.

School District 22 is asking parents and students to be courteous of the RCMP presence and its investigation and to stay away from the area.  


UPDATE: 11:43 a.m.

Lower Mainland District RCMP Emergency Response Team has been sent to help with the stand-off in Coldstream. 

They have been sent to relieve the Southeast District Emergency Response Team, who have been on the scene since the early-morning hours of Monday.

RCMP ERT personnel are specifically trained officers used for events like the one unfolding in Coldstream.


UPDATE: 10:05 a.m.

Const. Kelly Brett with Vernon RCMP tells Castanet news police are trying to negotiate with a man in distress in the southeast district of Vernon. There are two schools in the area, neither has been impacted by the ongoing incident.

"RCMP received a distress call from a male, and we responded because we believe he is armed. Crisis negotiators are on scene right now. No estimate on when this situation might be resolved."

the public is being asked to avoid the area until further notice.

A Castanet reporter has indicated two loud bangs were heard this morning and police can be heard asking the man to pick up his phone and speak with negotiators.


UPDATE: 8:06 a.m.

Vernon RCMP have now sent an update on an evolving situation unfolding in Coldstream.

Police now say the incident has been contained to a single home.
 
RCMP ask residents of the immediate area to stay in their homes, while specifically trained officers continue efforts to communicate with the distraught male.

Police tell Castanet the incident started just before midnight. RCMP were called to a home on the 11800 block of Torrent Drive for reports of a distraught male believed to be armed and alone inside his home.

As a precautionary measure, police have evacuated the immediately effected residents of the surrounding homes to ensure their personal safety.

“Police are asking all remaining residents, within the immediate area of the 11800 block of Torrent Drive, to stay inside and seek shelter within their homes," says RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett. “RCMP also ask that the general public avoid the area, as temporary road closures have been put in place.”

The following roads are affected; Torrent Drive, Kidston Road and Cottonwood Lane.

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team and trained negotiators have been called to the scene, as police continue their efforts to make contact and communicate with the man.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


UPDATE: 7:48 a.m.

Castanet's own Josh Winquist is now on scene of a heavy police presence in the area around Kidston Elementary School on 12101 Linden Drive in Coldstream.

Josh tells us, police have an area by the school blocked off.

Kidston Road is blocked off and police are using a megaphone to try and persuade a person of interest to pick up their cell phone and respond to them. They have been doing this since approximately 2:30 a.m.

Josh tells us the two schools in the area are open this morning and police believe they have the situation contained at the moment.


UPDATE: 7:12 a.m.

Another Castanet reader has let us know there was serious police activity on Torrent Drive in Coldstream about 2 a.m.

Police were going door to door, wielding large guns slung over their shoulders. Police advised people in the area to lock their doors and stay inside as of 2:25 a.m.

Officers could also been seen on foot going through backyards at 2:42 a.m. before leaving the area.


ORIGINAL: 6:25 a.m.

A Castanet reader tells us that an area around Alexander's in Coldstream southeast of Vernon is swarming with heavily armed RCMP.

The caller indicates an area between Alexander's and the Mackie Lake House has been blocked off.

Streets are cordoned off, officers are armed with assault rifles and there are at least seven SUVs on scene as well.

The caller indicated he spoke with an officer on scene and received no explanation as of 4 a.m. Monday morning.



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