Brian Lawrence/Creston Valley Advance
A 52-year-old Wynndel resident was arrested early this morning after a lengthy standoff with police.
Police set up containment on the suspected offender’s property after an individual called Creston RCMP at 2:25 p.m. yesterday, believing that his work crew was bing shot at while working in the 5500 block of Highway 3A in Wynndel.
Officers requested the assistance of a Southeast District emergency response team (ERT), including a negotiator, and closed the highway once the ERT arrived.
Around 1 a.m. this morning (Sept. 30), said a media release from the RCMP, “the suspect became extremely agitated and ended all communications with the negotiator. At 1:55 a.m., it is unknown why, but the suspect … exited his residence, possibly to confront police, but was arrested by officers who were in a tactical position to do so safely. During the arrest, a minor struggle ensued and the suspect received minor injuries, which he was treated for at hospital.”
Police have confirmed no one had been struck by any of the bullets that were fired.
“The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time and with this investigation being in its very early stages, in order to protect the integrity of it, and that of any future court process, no further information will be released at this time,” said the release.
The Creston RCMP detachment commander extended his thanks to the community for pitching in during the incident and highway closure, which lasted until about 2 a.m.
“We appreciate the understanding of people who were inconvenienced last night and those that provided assistance to stranded motorists from the area,” said Creston Staff Sgt. Darryl Hammond.