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Safe end to standoff in Sahali

A mental-health call led to a man being taken to hospital for medical assessment
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A mental-health crisis escalated in Sahali on the weekend when a man believed to be armed arrived at a home, sparking an incident that led to a standoff with police.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Crystal Evelyn said police were called to Springview Place on Saturday, Dec. 3, at about 11:45 a.m. in response to a call regarding a mental-health crisis.

“Due to the reported presence of firearms at the residence, multiple officers attended and were able to convince the person to safely exit the home,” Evelyn said, noting the man was apprehended at about 3 p.m. under the Mental Health Act and taken to Royal Inland Hospital for a medical assessment and care.

Jeff Reade, a resident in Ridgewood complex where the standoff took place, was in a unit two doors down from the standoff, repairing a neighbour’s computer when the police, including the emergency response team, arrived.

Reade told KTW streets surrounding Springhill Drive were closed during the incident. At the time, Reade said, police advised him to stay inside and out of sight while they responded to the report.

“This is a one-off for that complex,” Reade said. “It’s a pretty quiet neighbourhood.”

It is not known if charges will result from the incident.