Suspect arrested in Vanderhoof after active shooter triggered blockade throughout the city – Port Alberni Valley News
A man has been arrested in an active shooting incident in Vanderhoof, which triggered a city-wide blockade on Thursday (November 25).
According to details from witnesses and police, a man was seen carrying a long gun in front of the RCMP department in the center of town around 1 p.m. 12:15. Witnesses told the Omineca Express that shots could be heard before the man fled in a white Ford pickup truck with an extended cab.
The shooting triggered an emergency alarm that urged residents to stay inside and lock their doors. Anyone who saw the suspect was warned not to approach him or the suspect vehicle and call 911 immediately.
Police have since confirmed that a brief pursuit took place in which an RCMP vehicle was rammed.
The man was found by police at 1pm at the Kal deck.
Video submitted to Express shows the man being pulled from the truck by a number of officers before being pushed to the ground and handcuffed.
“At present, there is nothing to indicate further ongoing threats to the public,” Cpl said. Madonna Saunderson. “Fortunately, no injuries were reported during this event.”
If you’re in Vanderhoof, be sure. If you see the police, do not report their location. #Vanderhoof
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A number of roadblocks that were in place have since been dismantled. Police tapes can be seen in front of the RCMP department.
In a statement issued by the Vanderhoof district, Mayor Gerry Thiessen said: “Please, in these times, take care and take care of each other. Please, have a good time, and most importantly, be safe.”
As these events can be frightening and shocking, the district is asking residents who need support to access 24-hour counseling, web resources and referrals via www.healthlinkbc.ca/resources
The RCMP continues to investigate the situation and asks witnesses to contact the local department at 250-567-2222.