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1 man taken into custody after RCMP standoff in East Kootenay community of Wasa

An RCMP Emergency Response Team and negotiators have been called to the community of Wasa. Global News

One person has been taken into custody after a nearly 16-hour standoff with RCMP at a home near the East Kootenay community of Kimberley on Wednesday.

Police say the incident, which was contained to a single residence, began late Tuesday evening in the area of Wasa.

Mounties say the Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT) and negotiators were called to the scene.

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Police advised the public to expect a heavy police presence in the area, and were asking people to stay away until the situation was resolved.

The 45-year-old man arrested at the scene was believed to be armed, and was reported as “very distraught” to police.

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No one else was inside the unit at the time.

No injuries were reported following the man’s arrest.

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