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Woman taken into custody after heated incident at Kamloops motel

July 11, 2021 - 9:52 AM

Mounties deployed gas to remove a woman from a Kamloops motel after a potentially violent situation early this morning.

Police were called July 11 at approximately 1 a.m. to a Kamloops motel on the 1700 block of E. Trans Canada Highway where a man and a woman could be heard yelling at each other. 

Upon police arrival, the man made first contact with the responding officers after he claimed to have escaped the suite, RCMP said in a press release. He then reported that a woman had attacked him with a knife and had made some death threats.

The woman barricaded herself in the room, causing police to call for the Emergency Response Team's assistance. As a precaution, other suites also had to be evacuated. Once the Emergency Response Team was on site, a negotiator was also engaged in de-escalating the situation, however, the woman refused to maintain any contact with police. She was eventually taken into custody unharmed following gas deployment.

"This was definitely a high-risk incident, involving violence"  Staff Sgt Mat. Van Laer from the Kamloops RCMP said in a press release.

"Thankfully nobody got hurt, and the public was very cooperative and understanding of the police presence and action, for which we are also thankful" as a large police presence could be observed in the area for an extended period of time.

The 37-year-old female is not from Kamloops and will be appearing in court today. The Kamloops RCMP has no further information to provide at this time.

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