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One man apprehended after large police presence downtown Smithers

St. Joe’s Elementary and neighbouring residences were on lock down
Police take a suspect into custody in an alleyway near St. Joe’s. (Grant Harris/The Interior News)

Smithers RCMP were able to take one man into custody without incident on Feb. 7 after receiving a report of someone who appeared to be in distress with the possibility of a firearm.

In the morning, police responded to a residence on Broadway Ave.

Officers were seen in the neighbourhood with their guns drawn.

Staff Sgt Mark Smaill said police were successful in arresting the individual, who safely exited the home and was apprehended without incident.

“The incident was contained to a single residence and did not pose a threat to the general public,” he said. “Police took multiple safety measures to ensure public safety including advising neighbours and a nearby school to shelter in place.”

There were no reports of injuries.

Smaill added the incident did not meet the criteria for a public safety alert.

The criteria for such an alert in future instances include the following: an active threat that presents an imminent risk to public safety by way of grievous bodily harm, death, or damage to property; or the active threat is unpredictable, evolving quickly, and presents a major challenge to initial police response capacity to protect, contain, and interdict.

“Frontline officers had contained the scene and keeping the individual contained to a single residence. I am proud of my officers and their response by keeping all parties safe during this dynamic incident,” he added.

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Marisca Bakker

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Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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