UPDATE: Standoff with distraught man in North Okanagan ends peacefully

A police car blocks off a street in Coldstream Monday, Feb. 5, 2017 while officers respond to a report of a distraught, potentially armed man.

COLDSTREAM – The standoff at a home in Coldstream — with a distraught man police believed to be armed — has ended peacefully this afternoon.

Police had evacuated the surrounding homes for around 15 hours in the community neighbouring Vernon in the North Okanagan today, Feb. 5.

RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett said the suspect was safely apprehended without incident at approximately 3 p.m. by RCMP officers at the scene.

Brett said police were called to a home in the 11800 block of Torrent Drive in Coldstream shortly before midnight last night after reports of a very distraught man, believed to be armed and alone inside his home.

RCMP asked residents in the immediate area to stay in their homes as a precautionary measure while “specifically trained officers” attempted to communicate with the man, Brett said.

Torrent Drive, Kidston Road and Cottonwood Lane were closed to traffic during the standoff.

RCMP had also asked that media and social media users refrain from publicizing the physical location of police officers, whether through verbal descriptors, photographs or videos.

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

“We extend our gratitude to those resident who were displaced from their homes or asked to remain inside and for their patience and understanding during what was a very dynamic situation,” Brett said in a release.

RCMP haven’t identified the suspect or said if he will be facing any charges.

Approximate location of home in 11800 block of Torrent Drive in Coldstream.

— This story was updated at 12:50 p.m. Feb. 5, 2018 to change the photo and add an update. 

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