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Fifteen hour standoff ends in arrest

A Fort St. John man is in custody after a fifteen hour standoff yesterday with RCMP. After police responded to a 9-1-1 call for domestic violence in South Ridge Trailer Park, a 22-year old male barricaded himself into his home.

He told RCMP he had weapons and said he would hurt himself if police came into the house.

The situation began early in the morning, and after learning the man had mental health issues, the Emergency Response Team from Prince George was called to help. A few hours after they arrived, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the suspect surrendered peacefully. He is now in police custody pending Crown approval of charges of domestic assault.

“We are always pleased and relieved when situations like this can be resolved peacefully and without injury to either the suspect or the police,” says Corporal Jodi Shelkie. “When dealing with people with mental health issues it is important to keep the lines of communication open and remain calm. The police officers who spoke with this male throughout the day did an excellent job.”

During the incident, one nearby house was evacuated, and traffic to the area was limited. The suspect was previously known to police.