Large police presence seen downtown

Police responded in force to a townhome complex in downtown Kamloops Tuesday night.

Mounties have closed down First Avenue between Battle Street and St. Paul Street and have focused in on a unit in Elm Tree Place.

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About eight police vehicles were seen inside the police tape just after 5 p.m.  six along First Avenue and another two inside the parking lot of the complex.

The apparent standoff is ongoing as of 8:30 p.m.

Multiple officers, including one with a police dog, could be seen outside the home. Officers appeared to be trying to converse with a person within the house who could be heard yelling.

By about 7:30 p.m. members of the RCMP emergency response team arrived on scene. Shortly after that police could be heard asking the person to come out and talk to them, to which the person replied by telling police to go away.

One resident of the units, Nadine Archer, who could be found outside the police tape at about 5:30 p.m. said an officer told her she couldn’t return to her unit of the building. She said her husband and son were still in their home.

Erin Daruda, who works at a dental office near the complex, said police could be seen gathering in the area at about 3 p.m. and initially appeared to be searching around a building across the street.

Traffic was still moving up First Avenue from Battle Street and police at the bottom of First avenue were rerouting vehicles on to St. Paul Street.

The Kamloops RCMP have yet to explain what they are dealing with at the home. An officer at the scene told KTW he could not comment on what police were dealing with or confirm if there was any threat to public safety.

Police remained at the scene as of 8:30 p.m.

More to come...

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