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Alleged armed Kelowna, B.C., man arrested following 7-hour standoff

Police say they arrested one man following a 7-hour standoff.

A 51-year-old Kelowna man remains in custody after his standoff with police, on Monday night.

Kelowna RCMP received reports that a man in the Glenmore area was armed with a handgun on Jan. 18, around 5 p.m.

“The investigation led police to believe the suspect was inside a residence in the 700-block of Leathead Road.” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

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Police say they surrounded the home and ordered the inhabitants to come out. Multiple people emerged from the home, but the 51-year-old man refused.

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT) was then deployed to assist with the ‘safe apprehension’ of a barricaded suspect.

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“A critical incident commander, the Southeast District ERT, and specially trained RCMP crisis negotiators were called in to assist,” said Noseworthy.

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The standoff lasted over seven hours, according to police, and ended around 1 a.m. without further incident.

The 51-year-old is facing numerous potential charges, according to Kelowna RCMP.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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