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Merritt man in custody after 'high risk arrest' for pulling a weapon

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November 02, 2020 - 11:22 AM

A 33-year-old Merritt man is now in custody after what RCMP describe as a "high risk arrest."

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team was sent to Merritt after local Mounties responded to a report of a firearm, Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey from the Southeast District said in a press release.

Merritt RCMP responded Nov. 1 before 5 a.m. to a 911 call of a firearms incident, where a suspect had allegedly pointed a handgun toward an individual who attended an Irvine Avenue residence.

"The individual managed to leave the immediate area safely to call for assistance," O'Donaghey said in the press release.

Merritt RCMP officers responded to the scene and set up an area of containment around the home, while efforts were made to make contact with the suspect inside.

"The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team deployed to the Merritt area to assist with what was considered a high-risk arrest, due to the involvement of a firearm," he said. "The suspect and two other individuals exited the home and were taken into custody, without incident, after being called out by ERT."

Merritt RCMP obtained and executed a search warrant at the property, as part of its ongoing criminal investigation.

The suspect, a 33-year-old Merritt man, was held in police custody and now faces potential charges. He is expected to appear in court on Nov. 2.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

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