4-hour stand off with armed and barricaded person ends peacefully


2024-02-27 08:40 PST

File # 2024-6036

 An adult man experiencing a mental health crisis and with access to firearms, was eventually taken into custody after a prolonged stand off. Officers involved included numerous front-line officers, RCMP Emergency Response Team and Crisis Negotiators. The incident was reported just after 11 AM on Sunday February 25, 2024, at a home located in the 1700 block of Nairne Road.

The two other family members managed to safely leave the home. At that time, police contained the home, controlled access to the rural road and escorted nearby residents from their homes. A crisis negotiator opened up dialogue with the individual and continued to do so throughout the incident. At approximately 3 PM, police were able to convince the man to leave the home. The individual walked out of the home and after a brief struggle with officers, he was apprehended under the Mental Health Act. He was then transported to the Nanaimo hospital for a psychiatric assessment.

The home was then searched and seven long guns and ammunition was located and seized. No charges are pending under the Criminal Code however, investigators will be making an application to have the firearms destroyed and the individual to be prohibited from possessing firearms.

We recognize that some residents were displaced and others were inconvenienced for a period of time. Safety however is paramount for everyone involved, including our officers. Our sole objective was to resolve the situation peacefully, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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R/Cst Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-5445
Cell: 250-713-0701

Email: gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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