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One man arrested after causing shelter in place order at Smithers school

Smithers RCMP made an arrest at a home on Wednesday after receiving a report of a man in distress who possibly had a gun. 

The individual was successfully arrested without incident after they exited their home. 

The incident was contained to the home; however, police took multiple safety measures to ensure public safety including advising neighbours and a nearby school to shelter in place. 

“Due to the potential presence of firearms and out of an abundance of caution, the police had the neighbors and a nearby school shelter in place,” said North District Media Relations Officer Corporal Madonna Saunderson. 

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Some people questioned the RCMP about why a public alert was not issued – police say the incident did not meet the criteria. 

Criteria for a public alert are: 

  • An active threat that presents an imminent risk to public safety by way of grievous bodily harm, death, or damage to property. 
  • The active threat is unpredictable, evolving quickly, and presents a major challenge to initial police response capacity to protect, contain, and interdict. 

“Frontline officers had contained the scene and keeping the individual contained to a single residence. I am proud of my officers and their response by keeping all parties safe during this dynamic incident,” said Smithers RCMP S/Sgt. Mark Smaill.

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