High-risk takedown

The RCMP Emergency Response Team was called upon to assist local police in a high-risk takedown of a suspected armed robber.

Cpl. Tania Finn said as a result of the investigation of an armed robbery with a sawed off shotgun on April 2 at a business on 27th Street in Vernon, police were led to an address on George Street in Enderby.

Finn said given the high-risk situation involving a firearm, Vernon North Okanagan police officers contained the area and called in ERT to assist with the arrest.

“In responding to calls of this nature, our police officers want to ensure the safety of everyone involved including the suspect and other occupants of the residence,” said Insp. Gord Stewart, Vernon North Okanagan Operations Officer. “After conducting a risk assessment, we determined the best course of action was to deploy the South East District Emergency Response Team to assist with the arrest of this individual.”

A 35-year-old man from Enderby was taken into custody and is facing numerous charges including robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent, pointing a firearm and possession of a firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order.

Police executed a search warrant at the residence and seized numerous items including a loaded firearm. The investigation continues as police gather evidence and interview witnesses.

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