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Baby recovered from Richmond apartment after tense, hour-long standoff

Richmond RCMP arrest a man after a tense, hour-long standoff on Wednesday. Police later recovered a baby, unharmed, from the home. Derek Johnson

Richmond RCMP says it has seized a powerful .223 caliber rifle at the home where a man was arrested after a tense, hour-long standoff involving heavily armed officers on Wednesday.

Richmond RCMP spokesperson Cp. Dennis Hwang said police were called to an apartment building near No. 2 Road and Blundell Road around 11:30 a.m. with reports of a domestic disturbance with a possible weapon.

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Officers with the RCMP dog squad and general duty officers surrounded the building, and the nearby Blundell Elementary School was placed under hold-and-secure procedure as a precaution, Hwang said.

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Eventually, a 29-year-old man in a second-floor apartment surrendered to police and was arrested.

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Police also recovered a baby from inside the residence. The child was unharmed.

Hwang said no one else was in the unit at the time. He said police would be notifying the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and trying to connect with other family members.

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Hwang said charges are still pending in the case.

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