Police in Summerland respond to distraught man armed with a knife
2020-10-09 14:16 PDT
File # Summerland 2020-2426
A man who suddenly began to experience a mental health crisis, after being asked to leave from a commercial property in Summerland, has been safely apprehended by RCMP in Summerland.
On October 9, 2020 at 8:34 a.m., Summerland RCMP, supported by Penticton RCMP, responded to a report of a distraught man at a commercial property in the 15,000-block of Logie Road. Police were told that the 44-year-old man had been staying on the property in his truck and camper, and was told this morning he had to leave.
The man became very distraught, began causing a disturbance and threatened to harm himself with a knife.
Front line officers cordoned off the area, and utilized crisis-intervention and de-escalation tactics in an effort to calm the man. As officers continued their efforts to de-escalate the situation, a RCMP Crisis Negotiator was called in to provide support.
The specially trained negotiator spoke with the man at length, states Sgt. Jason Bayda, spokesperson for the RCMP in the South Okanagan.
The great work of the responding officers, combined with the added efforts of the RCMP Crisis Negotiator Team, the man surrendered and was safely apprehended under the BC Mental Health Act.
He was immediately taken to hospital for a full medical assessment and care.
Sgt. Jason BaydaPenticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment Media Relations Officer
16 Eagle Court, Box 960, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
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