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(UPDATE Oct 28, 2017 - 6:30 a.m.)
On October 28th, 2017 at approximately 4:00 am, the Kamloops RCMP arrested one suspect male without incident in relation to the ongoing police operation at the G&M Mobile Home Park. The arrest followed extensive efforts by RCMP to bring this matter to a peaceful conclusion.
The G&M Mobile Home Park remains under police security with no access to the public at this time due to crime scene containment and an investigation.
Highway 5 North has now been re-opened to all traffic, as has Shuswap Rd East from the intersection with Highway 5 North.
(UPDATE Oct 27, 2017 - 2:30 p.m.) Police continue to deal with high-risk firearm situation at G&M Trailer Park
— The police situation unfolding at G&M Trailer Park is affecting school bus routes. Get all the info here. As of 2:30 p.m., Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said RCMP have no further update on the operation.
(UPDATE 1:22 p.m.) — Several businesses along Chilcotin Road are reporting witnessing gunshots as RCMP descended on the area this morning.
RCMP continue to deal with an armed suspect in the area of G&M Trailer Park, where residents are still being asked to stay inside. RCMP have released few details, only that the situation involves an individual with a firearm.
Employees at Kamloops Truss Ltd. hit the floor when they heard gunshots just outside the business at 464 Chilcotin Road shortly after 11 a.m. this morning. RCMP stopped just outside and told everyone in the parking lot to get down, said Rikki Paquette.
"It was right in front of our office," she said. "We were sitting here and one after the other police cars were flying by. You see one and it's not such a big deal but all of a sudden you see four our five and then they all stopped right next to our office.
"We went to look out the window and we heard gunshots, so we got away from the windows and then all of a sudden they were gone. By the time we told everybody to get down and waited a few minutes, they were gone."
Across the street, employees at Belterra on Chilcotin Road saw RCMP exchange gunfire with a dark-coloured vehicle before it fled east down the street and turned left onto West Athabasca Street.
An employee of another business on the street who asked not to be named said the situation unfolded very quickly. He said a green Dodge with at least six cop cars in pursuit came screaming down Chilcotin toward Athabasca.
"He stopped, the police stopped. They swapped gunfire and then he took off down West Athabasca. It happened very fast. It was surreal. I was just leaving, actually and I pulled over."
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said RCMP continue to deal with a 'high-risk' situation involving an individual with a firearm. Highway 5 North remains closed in both directions as RCMP focus their operation in the area of G&M Trailer Park.
(UPDATE: 12:25 p.m.) - Kamloops RCMP remain on the scene at G&M Trailer Park, where a suspected gunman is still on the loose.
There is a heavy police presence across from the Powwow Grounds on Highway 5. Cpl. Jodie Shelkie confirmed police are dealing with a "high-risk situation" concerning an individual suspected of having a firearm.
Police continue to ask residents of the trailer park to stay inside their homes with the doors and windows locked and the general public is asked to avoid the area.
Highway 5 remains closed in both directions at Mt. Paul Way and Valleyview exchange and motorists are asked to avoid the area, as well.
“We are asking the public not to share any information about specific police activities or locations on social media,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a media release.
Additionally, Shelkie said residents should avoid calling 911 for any updates, or non-emergency reports.
"The public will be notified in a timely fashion as soon as police have further information," Shelkie said in the release.
(UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.) — Employees at the Petro-Can gas station on the reserve say all Tk'emlups Indian Band buildings, including Sk'elep School, are on lockdown, in addition to residences at G&M Trailer Park.
There have been several reports of shots fired in the vicinity of the trailer park off of Highway 5 North and RCMP have asked all residents to stay inside.
(Original story: 11:00 a.m.) — Kamloops RCMP are in the midst of a high risk police operation in the area of G & M Trailer Park. Police currently have Highway 5 North blocked.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said RCMP are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to call Kamloops RCMP.
Residents of the trailer park are requested to remain inside their residences with doors locked to keep themselves safe.
No other details have been made available at this time.
NowMedia will update this story as more information is made available.