RCMP arrest man, end stand-off near New Hazelton

RCMP on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old man in connection to the report of an assault in the community of Gitsegukla First Nation Reserve near New Hazelton, about 500 kilometres west of Prince George.

Police were called to the scene at 3:40 a.m. Saturday after being told the alleged assault perpetrated by a man who was determined to be in breach of court-imposed conditions related to similar offences.

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New Hazelton RCMP arrived to find a distraught man who barricaded himself in the residence and claimed he had a rifle. A witness advised police there was a woman inside the house.

A crisis negotiator and critical incident commander supported other police officers and for several hours they tried to talk the man into surrendering. A dead-end road was blocked off and neighbouring residents were evacuated.

At about 2:15 p.m., the man and woman walked out of the house and the RCMP Emergency Response Team took the man into custody without further incident. There were no injuries. The man is being held for further assessment and is facing potential charges.

A search of the residence failed to find any firearms.

“We wish to thank all those in the community who were impacted for their patience, understanding and cooperation during the day,” said Staff Sgt. Darren Durnin, detachment commander of New Hazelton RCMP. “We also wish to extend our thanks for the support and assistance provided by the elected leadership and the volunteer fire department.”

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