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UPDATE: Barona Beach police action ends peacefully

RCMP asked residents to stay inside Sunday night, while they communicated with a distraught man

The police situation on Pritchard Drive North in West Kelowna has now ended peacefully.

A short time ago, the individual was safely apprehended by RCMP officers at that scene.

“The RCMP wish to extend their thanks to the general public for their support and assistance,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release. “We extend our gratitude, especially to those residents evacuated from their homes or asked to remain inside, for their patience and understanding during what was a very dynamic situation.”

RCMP will now begin to remove resources from the immediate area, and anticipate allowing residents to return to their homes very soon. The public can expect to see some police officers remain at the scene for processing.

ORIGINAL

An unfolding police incident has been contained to a single unit within a condominium complex in West Kelowna.

RCMP are asking residents of the immediate area to stay in their homes, while specially trained officers continue efforts to communicate with a distraught male.

The incident began shortly before before 4 p.m. this afternoon when the West Kelowna RCMP were called to a condominium complex in the 4000 block of Pritchard Drive North in West Kelowna for reports of a very distraught 35-year-old-man, believed to be armed and alone inside his unit.

Upon their attendance police decided, as a precautionary measure, to evacuate the immediately effected residents of the surrounding units to ensure their personal safety.

“Police are asking all remaining residents, within the immediate area of 4026 Pritchard Drive North, to stay inside and seek shelter within their homes,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the Kelowna Regional RCMP.

“RCMP also ask that the general public avoid the area, as temporary road closures have been put in place at Boucherie Road and Pritchard Drive.”

RCMP ask that media and social media users refrain from publicizing the physical location of our officers, be it via verbal descriptor or photographs and or videos.

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT) and specially trained negotiators have been called to the scene, as police continue their efforts to make contact and communicate with the man.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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