RCMP have made an arrest following a standoff Friday in Argenta, approximately 40 kilometers north of Kaslo that saw one of their officers shot during the incident.
In media release Friday, RCMP said the end to the standoff, which began at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday when Kaslo RCMP officers attended to a rural property in the Argenta area to execute arrest warrants on an individual known to police, came following a lengthy and exhaustive negotiation between RCMP Crisis Negotiators and a barricaded 28-year-old man.
Police said the man exited the residence and was arrested without further incident.
“Now that the incident has ended, the RCMP can confirm that a BC RCMP officer suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being shot during the incident,” RCMP release said.
“While front line officers were attending the location on the strength of arrest warrants, the suspect barricaded himself in the cabin and allegedly fired shots.”
“The injured officer was transported to a local area hospital and is expected to recover,” the release added.
Police said RCMP resources including the Emergency Response Team, Tactical Troop and General Investigation investigators were deployed from across the province to support the ongoing investigation.
“While we always hope that situations such as this come to a swift and safe resolution, we are thankful that our officer is expected to fully recover and no one else has been injured,” C/Supt. Brad Haugli, Officer-in-Charge of the Southeast District RCMP, said in the media release.
Police said man remains in police custody. No charges have been laid at this time.
Police situation continues to unfold near Argenta
RCMP is reporting that Southeast District Emergency Response Team, along with crisis negotiators have been deployed to Argenta, near the north end of Kootenay Lake to deal with a suspect holed up in a cabin.
RCMP said in a media release Friday, that Thursday (October 10) at approximately 7 p.m., Kaslo RCMP officers attended to a rural property in the Argenta area to execute arrest warrants on an individual known to police.
“When confronted by police, the wanted male suspect fled from officers and retreated inside a nearby cabin,” RCMP release said. “Given the remote location, no other properties or members of the public have been required to be evacuated.”
RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Southeast District Media Relations Officer, said in the release the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team, along with crisis negotiators have been deployed to the area and remain at the scene.
“Our efforts to negotiate a peaceful end and resolution continue at this time,” O’Donaghey said.
“The RCMP is requesting the public refrain from attending the area or broadcasting police movements or resources and their actions,” adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.
Argenta is approximately 40 kilometers north of Kaslo.