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UPDATE: Police apprehend Kamloops man following armed standoff

September 04, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Police have apprehended a man following an armed standoff in a Kamloops neighbourhood.

Officers were on the scene where the armed man had barricaded themselves and was refusing to cooperate at around 7:41 a.m. today, Sept. 4, according to an RCMP media release.

The vicinity of Qu’Appelle Boulevard and Cheakamus Drive in the east end of the Juniper Ridge subdivision was closed to the public as the incident unfolded.

Police worked with the South East District Emergency Response Team to deploy a de-escalation process that led to the man's apprehension under the Mental Health Act around 9:37 a.m. today. 

“Seeing highly visible police incidents unfold in residential areas is always unsettling. We would like to thank the people disturbed by this event for their cooperation and understanding," Sgt Simon Pillay said in a release.

"When RCMP members respond to calls like this, public safety is our first priority. As such, we make an area safe so we can de-escalate and hopefully resolve the matter peacefully. In this case, the de-escalation process was successful and the male was eventually apprehended in a cooperative fashion."

The area is now safe, and no parties suffered any injuries. The majority of RCMP officers on scene will be withdrawn immediately. 

— This story was updated at 10:17 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 to say that the individual has been apprehended and the area is now open to the public. 

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