RCMP officers are on scene at a home on Old Kamloops Road Friday morning after receiving reports of a distraught individual.

RCMP officers are on scene at a home on Old Kamloops Road Friday morning after receiving reports of a distraught individual.

Old Kamloops Road closed as RCMP deal with distraught individual

Police took one individual into custody shortly after 6:30 a.m. Friday

An individual was taken into custody after a lengthy standoff with police early Friday.

Old Kamloops Road was closed at 1 a.m. when the RCMP received reports from occupants of  multi-unit housing about a resident.

“It appears that he was upset with the neighbours over loud music,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

The man, who police described as distraught, barricaded himself inside the house.

“I’m not sure if he locked the door but he wouldn’t respond to police,” said Molendyk, adding that a negotiator was brought to the scene.

At about 6:30 a.m., a 70-year-old man left the residence and was taken into custody.

RCMP then investigated the home to see if weapons were present.

“We treated this like there were firearms involved but we didn’t know for sure,” he said.

As of press time, it wasn’t known if firearms had been located.

Molendyk defends the decision to close Old Kamloops Road to through traffic during the incident.

“There was a concern for public safety because the residence is fairly close to the road,” he said.

The other occupants of the residence, directly across a field from 48th Avenue, were evacuated while the incident transpired.

It’s not known if charges will be laid.

“We will collect all of our evidence and put it forward to Crown for consideration,” said Molendyk.

 

Vernon Morning Star