Update: 5:54 pm
The police incident in Rutland has come to a peaceful conclusion.
“After nearly 3 hours, RCMP negotiators have successfully encouraged the man to safely exit his residence where he was apprehended by members of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (SED ERT) without further incident,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
“The man was medically examined, as a precaution only, by paramedics at the scene and has since been transported to hospital for further assessment,” says Cpl. O’Donaghey.
“The RCMP wish to thank the media and the general public, specifically those residents temporarily evacuated from their homes, for their patience and understanding,” adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
Update: 5:30 pm
The police incident continues to unfold in Rutland.
Kelowna RCMP have engaged and are now supported at the scene by the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (SED ERT), Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) and trained RCMP negotiators.
RCMP continue to ask that the media and social media users refrain from publicizing the location of this police incident, in addition to the physical location of our officers, be it via verbal descriptors, photographs and or videos.
General public in the area may encounter roadway closures, which have been put in place to ensure police and public safety.
2:30 pm story
RCMP say they are negotiating with a distraught male who is alone inside his home.
Officers were called to a residence in Kelowna at 2:17 pm for reports of a very distraught 32 year-old-man alone inside his home.
“Upon their attendance police decided, as a precautionary measure, to evacuate the immediately effected residents of the surrounding homes to ensure their personal safety,” says Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.
Police are asking the media and social media users to not publicize the location of the incident in addition to the physical location of our officers, be it via verbal descriptor or photographs and or videos.
Kelowna RCMP are continuing efforts to make contact and negotiate with the man, while BC Ambulance Service remain on standby near the scene.