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No one hurt in armed stand off in Chase

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 29th, 2012

A 58 year-old man has been placed in hospital care following a six-hour standoff at the RBC Royal Bankin Chase, B.C.

The man, entering the bank at 4:36 p.m. Thursday (April 26) before telling patrons to leave, barricaded himself inside the bank holding what appeared to be a bomb. He was also seen with a knife and a handgun.

Uniformed officers from the Chase RCMP detachment arrived on scene within minutes of the call and began interviewing the witnesses and made efforts to ensure all were accounted.

Appropriate resources were activated with a perimeter being set up to ensure surrounding neighbourhood and general public safety was maintained.

Phone conversations between RCMP critical incident negotiators and the man throughout the evening were successful in convincing the man to exit the bank at round 11 p.m.

When the man walked out of the bank, ERT members instructed the man in the manner in which would facilitate a safe arrest. The suspect was initially compliant with instructions, however then continued to approach the officers and repeatedly told officers to shoot him.

Armed with both lethal and less lethal force option weapons, RCMP ERT members utilized a less lethal round, which permitted them to approach and bring him to the ground without further incident.

On arrest it was noted that man was suffering from self-inflicted non life threatening injuries and once confirmed to be unarmed, the man was immediately transferred to the awaiting BC ambulance crew for assessment.  

EHS then released the man to police custody at the scene for transport by police to hospital for assessment of any needed further medical care.

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