Woman taken to hospital for assessment following standoff with Kamloops Mounties

It was the second consecutive day that had police dealing with a distraught person. Read below to find resources and support for those facing difficulties

Police in Kamloops on Tuesday were involved in a standoff for the second time in as many days.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said a woman called 911 at 3:30 p.m. and threatened to harm herself.

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A large number of Mounties responded to her home, in a townhouse unit in the 400-block of First Avenue downtown. When a police negotiator contacted the woman, she refused to leaver her residence.

The Southeast District emergency response team was then called in and, at 8:30 p.m., the woman was taken into custody and brought to Royal Inland Hospital for assessment.

Shelkie said the 50-year-old woman was previously known to police.

On Monday night, a 43-year-old man called a crisis line at about 9:30 p.m., threatening to hurt himself and officers if they arrived at his North Shore home. He was taken into custody and brought to hospital at 3:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s unusual that Southeast District ERT has to be deployed two days in a row to Kamloops for essentially the same type of call — in these cases of a person threatening to harm themselves and then refusing to leave their residence,” Shelkie said. “This team is trained to deal with these types of situations and are an asset to the district.”

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