Woman arrested following standoff at Valleyview motel

Police were called to the motel following reports of a domestic disturbance. A man at the motel claimed a woman had attacked him with a knife and threatened him with death.

A 37-year-old woman is in custody following a domestic disturbance-related standoff in Valleyview in the early morning hours of Sunday (July 11).

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Mathias Van Lear said officers were called to a motel in the 1700-block of East Trans-Canada Hwy for a report of a possible domestic dispute, with callers saying they heard a man and woman arguing.

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Upon arrival, the man in the motel unit told officers he had escaped the motel unit after the woman attacked him with a knife and threatened to kill him.

Van Lear said the woman barricaded herself in the motel room, with led to the RCMP emergency response team being called out and an evacuation of other rooms in the motel.

When the woman would not leave the motel room after being urged to do so, police deployed tear gas and she was eventually taken into custody, unharmed.

"This was definitely a high-risk incident involving violence" Van Lear said.. "Thankfully. nobody got hurt and the public was very co-operative and understanding of the police presence and action, for which we are also thankful."

The woman who was arrested is not from Kamloops. She is expected to appear before a justice of the peace on Sunday.


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