Special RCMP officers guard the Nomad Motel in Cranbrook

Special RCMP officers guard the Nomad Motel in Cranbrook

UPDATE: One man taken into custody at Cranbrook motel

An RCMP incident that closed the highway through Cranbrook for longer than eight hours has come to an end.

A tense nine-hour-long police standoff at Cranbrook’s Nomad Motel came to an end soon after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30.

Dozens of police and emergency services personnel stood guard outside the motel from about 12:30 p.m.

The highway was closed from that time until about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

According to an RCMP statement, police responded to a call about a distraught male holed up in a motel room.

“Police attended to assist, when the male made comments that caused them concern as it affected public safety.

“Police set up a perimeter, moved persons out of the area and are currently attempting to make contact with the male inside,” said Cpl. Chris Newel in a statement released about 4 p.m.

“It is unknown if he has any weapons but police are taking precautions to ensure the safety of those in the area.”

The highway was closed to traffic in both directions from Victoria Avenue to 6th Street North.

At about 2 p.m., a police emergency response team in camouflage uniforms with semi-automatic weapons arrived on the scene.

Negotiators were able to re-establish contact with the suspect just before 9 p.m. and took him into custody without incident. He was not suffering injuries.