- BC Games
Connect with Us
RCMP standoff in Alberni
Police including Emergency Response Team members have a house surrounded on the Tseshaht reserve.
Police were called to a house on Omoah Place at approximately 7 p.m, Tseeshaht member Doug Sam said.
“We thought it was fireworks so we didn't pay any attention,” Sam said. “Then we started seeing on Facebook that the cops were headed up here.”
Sam said he heard the police went to the door to talk with the man and may have been attacked by a dog.
“I live close by and went to check on my kids because they live up there. They're fine. But there's cops all over here now,” Sam said.
Tseshaht member Ed Ross was watching television when he thought he heard fireworks as well. He went to look out the window and saw someone. “He was pacing around looking agitated. Then he went back inside his trailer, yelled and started throwing stuff around.”
Ross said the man is in his mid 40's, is quiet and very reserved.
Police have the area surrounded. Police asked Ross to black out his house. “We're in the basement now. The cops are talking to him by bullhorn, and some of them are walking through the yard with semi-automatic weapons,” he said.
Tseshaht Chief Councillor Hugh Braker has been keeping members of his community apprised of the situation on his Facebook site.
Power has been turned off in the neighbourhood, according to reports, and people who were not able to leave their homes were asked to stay indoors and away from windows.
Six unmarked police suburbans, several police cruisers and a large truck carrying ERT members lined the street 400 metres from the trailer.
Police waved the News from near the scene at 11 p.m.
~ With files from Susie Quinn