A 29-year-old man is in police custody following a high-risk incident in Chilliwack in which shots were allegedly fired at police.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Chilliwack RCMP were called to a residence in the 46000-block of Knight Road in Chilliwack in response to a distraught man who was reported to have access to multiple firearms.
Chilliwack RCMP, together with the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team, attended the scene where the man was contained within a residence.
At approximately 7:45 p.m., gunshots were allegedly fired toward police, resulting in approximately 16 homes in the area of Knight Road near Queens Street, Melville Street and Downes Avenue being told to shelter in place and stay away from exterior walls.
Negotiations and efforts to reach a peaceful resolution continued for the next few hours.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a man was taken into police custody.
Chilliwack RCMP said they could confirm that the structure involved sustained significant fire damage during this incident. Police continue their investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Chilliwack RCMP thanked the residents affected by this incident for their cooperation and patience.
“This incident was a very dynamic, high-risk situation for all those involved,” said Sgt. Krista Vrolyk, Media Spokesperson for Chilliwack RCMP. “Victim Services is available to anyone in need of support and we will be working with residents in the area over the next few days to ensure that they are aware of the services available.
“This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of police work. Discipline, teamwork and a high degree of expertise and training by members of the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team and our front line members allowed this incident to be resolved safely without significant injury.”