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South Burnaby streets shut down by suicide threat
The streets of a South Burnaby neighbourhood were cordoned off Wednesday night after Burnaby RCMP received a call from a man who threatened to shoot himself with a shotgun.
Several tweets early Thursday morning referred to an apparent shooting on Arcola Street, between Griffiths and Sperling avenues with @deaftravel noting "police everywhere."
The incident started around 10 p.m., said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Dave Reid. The area was cordoned off and no traffic was allowed access.
The emergency response team (ERT) was called in to attend and secure the area.
"Eventually, contact was made with a close friend of the man who advised us that he had no guns and no access to guns," said Reid by email. The man has a history of mental health issues that involve threatening suicide.
With that knowledge, the ERT was able to arrest the man without incident. He was taken to Burnaby Hospital by paramedics accompanied by a police escort.
There were no injuries and the streets were reopened by 1 a.m.