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“Tense” domestic incident prompts police response near Blundell Centre

Martin van den Hemel   Jan-23-2019

RCMP pulled out their weapons during a tense domestic standoff south of Blundell Centre Wednesday.

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A .223-calibre firearm was seized from the home that was the focus of a tense domestic incident Wednesday morning that led police to remove a towel-wrapped baby from the home during a standoff, and arrest a man in his late 20s.

RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang told The Sentinel that the weapon was seized when police executed a search warrant on the home, in the townhouse complex immediately south of Blundell Centre around lunch on Wednesday.

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Richmond RCMP responded to the 8000 block of No. 2 Road shortly before 11:30 a.m. after a report of a domestic disturbance involving a possible weapon. Nearby Blundell Elementary School was placed on a hold-and-secure as a precautionary measure with officers from the youth squad placed on site.

After a tense, hour-long standoff, during which Mounties were openly carrying their assault weapons, a 29-year-old man surrendered to police and was arrested.

According to a witness, a female police officer was seen carrying what looked like a baby from the home, wrapped in towels.

RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang confirmed in a press release that the baby was unharmed.

A small police presence will remain at the scene as police continue their investigation.

“The safety of our community and our officers is always of a paramount concern in situations such as this,” Hwang said. “Although we prepare for the worst, we are very pleased to report that no one was injured. I am humbled seeing my fellow officers operate with such poise under pressure and I am proud to work alongside them at Richmond Detachment.”

Hwang said investigators will submit the results of their investigation to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

•martinv@richmondsentinel.ca


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