Tense standoff ends without harm

Large RCMP response brings distraught man into custody in Cranbrook without violence

  • Jul. 29, 2013 8:00 a.m.

Townsman Staff

On Thursday, members of the Cranbrook RCMP were successful in de-escalating a tense situation involving a male at a residence who was uttering threats of violence.

Cranbrook general duty members were assisted by RCMP provincial resources, including the Southeast District Crisis Incident Negotiators Team who were successful in having the man brought into custody without incident.

On Thursday, July 25 at about 5 p.m., Cranbrook RCMP received a call about a distraught man inside his home at the Georgian Pines manufactured home park on Standard Hill Road.

It was reported to police that the man was behaving erratically and was emotionally distraught.

The RCMP responded and were confronted by an aggressive and agitated male who refused to cooperate with police.

Members of the Cranbrook RCMP established a containment perimeter as the male allegedly uttered threats to harm others and resist police intervention.

The Cranbrook RCMP enlisted the help of a crisis negotiation team which made contact with the man.

The RCMP were eventually successful in having the male exit the residence and surrender to police without incident.

The male was arrested and immediately transported to East Kootenay Regional Hospital where he was assessed for any medical needs and eventually released into police custody on Friday morning.

The 44-year-old man has since had a bail hearing and has been ordered released from police custody pending appearance in Cranbrook Provincial Court on August 12, facing four charges of uttering threats.

If anyone has any additional information about this, please call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or East Kootenay Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.