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Threatening phone call forces evacuation of Kelowna retirement home

August 23, 2018 - 8:11 AM

KELOWNA - Police are investigating after a threatening phone call forced the evacuation of 170 residents from a Kelowna retirement home.

A Kelowna RCMP press release says they received a report of the alleged threating phone call directed at the retirement home on the 200 block of Gerstmar Road at 11:09 a.m. Aug. 22. Police have not said what the nature of the threat was.

When police arrived at the retirement home they identified and apprehended a person of interest at the scene, says the release.

While the RCMP and Kelowna Fire Department conducted a tactical evacuation of the premises a resident went into medical distress because of an ongoing medical condition but was treated and released at the scene by the B.C. Ambulance Service says Cpl. Tania Carroll in the release.

Police conducted a full search of the property and nothing of interest was found in the building and residents were allowed back in. The press release states the RCMP take complaints of threats very seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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