Distraught, armed man apprehended, taken to hospital

An RCMP Emergency Response Team from Kelowna was able to talk to the man and safely take him into custody.

A Salmon Arm man was safely taken into custody Wednesday night after police responded to reports that he was distraught, intoxicated and armed in the area of Black Road near Salmon Arm.

On March 4,  at 5:11 p.m., the Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a distraught man in a vehicle on a rural property of Black Road.

Reports indicated the man was at a residence, but at some point got into a vehicle and was driving in the area, before returning to the residence.

The man was reportedly intoxicated and in the possession of a firearm.

Responding officers from Salmon Arm, with the assistance of Police Dog Services and North Okanagan RCMP, established containment of the property and the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT) was brought in due to the risk to the public safety.

A section of Black Road was blocked off and nearby residents were advised to stay inside during the incident. A portion of Grandview Bench Road was also blocked with police and a spike belt.

“Communication was eventually established with the man and officers were able to successfully de-escalate the situation; safely taking the man into custody,” said Cst. Kris Clark, a media relations officer based in Kelowna.

The man was taken into custody at approximately 8 p.m.

“He was uninjured but was taken to hospital for any treatment he might require,” added Clark.

It is not yet known if any criminal charges will be laid.

Salmon Arm Observer