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UPDATE: Lumby home invasion prompts evacuation, school lockdown

October 26, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A 67-year-old Lumby resident is in custody after a man forced his way into a home in the North Okanagan village and threatened a person with a weapon this morning.

Officers were called to the home in the 2500 block of Shuswap Avenue in Lumby at around 8:15 a.m. today, Oct. 26, and established a perimeter, according to an RCMP media release.

Nearby residents were evacuated and police told J.W. Inglis Elementary School to go into a hold and secure.

The person in the house got out unharmed.

“Dealing with a potentially armed suspect, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP sought the assistance of the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, and specially trained crisis negotiators,” Vernon RCMP media liason officer Const. Chris Terleski said in the release. 

“Despite numerous attempts to de-escalate the situation, the man inside refused to engage with the police officers on scene,” Terleski said. “This resulted in the RCMP using highly trained tactical officers to intervene and the suspect was safely taken into custody.”

A 67-year-old Lumby man remains in police custody waiting for his first appearance in court.

RCMP said he faces a number of potential charges, but do not say what those charges might be.

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