Chainsaw wielding man arrested in Summerland: RCMP

A suspect was arrested for taking a running chainsaw into two local Summerland businesses. Alex Schmidt / Getty Images

A man wielding a chainsaw inside a gas station in Summerland, B.C., was arrested after an hour-long standoff with police.

The strange incident began around 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the 6000-block of Highway 97.

Police responded to reports of a man in a liquor store with a running chainsaw.

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By the time officers arrived, the suspect had walked into a gas station.

Police cleared the business, and officers surrounded the area.

A negotiator was called in, but RCMP said the situation was resolved when the chainsaw ran out of gas.

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No one was injured, but police said there was some damage to the businesses.

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