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RCMP release full details on male barricaded in G&M Trailer Park

On Saturday afternoon, Kamloops RCMP released an official statement on the event that occurred at the G&M Trailer Park in Kamloops on Friday, resulting in police shutting down major roads and the evacuation of residents at the G&M Trailer Park.

On Saturday, October 28th at 4 a.m., Kamloops RCMP announced that an arrest -without incident- had been made that morning at the G&M Trailer Park - thanks to assistance from the Kelowna Emergency Response Team and a police negotiator.

The male suspect surrendered to police and is currently in custody, facing numerous charges.

Police were first alerted to the situation on Friday, October 27th at 6 a.m., after receiving an assault complaint at a North Shore residence.

Police have not released the address information in order to protect the identity of the victims.

At 9:40 a.m. on Friday, RCMP located the suspect of interest at a residence on Nanaimo Street.

When police tried to make contact, the suspect threatened to shoot at the police.

Police then re-positioned to contain the area and contacted the suspect on the telephone.

During the phone conversation, police reported the suspect was agitated and continued to make threats to shoot police.

The Kelowna Emergency Response Team was already in Kamloops for an unrelated matter and quickly joined the Kamloops RCMP in confronting the suspect at Nanaimo Street.

However, the suspect managed to leave the house with a long firearm, and flee the scene in his truck.

Police pursued the suspect who headed toward the Mt. Paul Industrial area.

At this location, the suspect began firing at police from inside. After getting out of the vehicle, he continued to fire at police.

Police returned fire, however no injuries were reported on behalf of the police, bystanders or the suspect.

During the shooting, the Kelowna ERT team assisted in the altercation and the pursuit then moved to the G&M Trailer Park, near HWY 5.

While the suspect was outside of his truck, the ERT team used their armoured vehicle to disable the truck by colliding into it.

Shots continued to fire at the trailer park.

Police contained the trailer park and determined the male suspect was armed and barricaded inside a trailer he was known to reside in.

By 10:30 a.m., the male suspect was contained in the trailer and police helped safely evacuate other trailer residents in a designated safe zone.

An ERT team was also dispatched from the Lower Mainland District, resulting in reports of a police convoy travelling towards Kamloops on the Coquihalla on Friday.

When the additional ERT team members were in place, the residents of the G&M Trailer Park were then safely evacuated.

At that point, police began negotiating with the suspect for a peaceful surrender.

<who> Photo Credit: KelownaNow </who> RCMP on scene behind G&M Trailer Park.

"This was a prolonged negotiation that was very tense," stated Cpl. Jodie Shelkie. "On several occasions the suspect made explicit threats to police and discharged his rifle within the home."

By 4 a.m. on October 28th, 2017, the suspect surrendered without incident and is now in police custody.

Currently, the Kamloops Serious Crime Unit is continuing its investigation.

"We want to thank the residents and management of G&M Trailer Park very much for their cooperation, patience and assistance during this stressful event," stated Cpl. Shelkie. "This was the resolution we were seeking - and although negotiations do take time, the end outcome is worth it," stated Shelkie.

Police don't believe anyone was injured during the events.

The 35-year-old male suspect is being held in custody and is expected to appear in court on Monday, October 30th.

The male suspect is from Kamloops and previously known to police.

His name is not being released until charges are laid.



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