Kamloops Mounties called in the emergency response team (ERT) to help remove a distraught man from a Brocklehurst apartment Monday afternoon (Apr. 5).
Police were called to the Sagebrush Manor apartment complex on Holt Street at aboput 4:15 p.m. for a situation involving the man who was said to be armed and barricaded.
Frontline officers who intially attended were unable to de-escalate the situation and called in the ERT team for assistance, RCMP spokesperson Crystal Evelyn said in a police press release.
About 10 RCMP vehicles, a police dog unit and the ERT — the RCMP's version of a SWAT team — were all at the scene as of about 6:00 p.m.
The apartment building bordering Tranquille Road was evacuated as a public safety precaution.
"When de-escalation attempts continued to be unsuccessful, ERT deployed a less-lethal intervention option," Evelyn said.
The man was then taken into custody and transported to Royal Inland Hospital under the Mental Health Act.
The less-lethal intervention option police used to subdue the man was an extended range "impact weapon" that fires low velocity 40 millimetre sponge rounds, Evelyn told KTW.
After the man was taken into custody, police seized weapons from the apartment unit.
Emergency crews were seen clearing the scene by about 8:00 p.m.
Evelyn said the situation posed a risk to everyone involved, including the residents who were evacuated from the building.
"Thanks to the response provided and the utilization of the less-lethal intervention option, the man was taken into custody with what appeared to be only minor injuries and no one else was hurt," Evelyn said.
She said the Kamloops RCMP thanks everyone disturbed by the incident for their co-operation and understanding.
—This story was updated with additional information from the Kamloops RCMP on April 7