Vernon RCMP officers ease tense situation

A disconnected 911 call resulted in Vernon RCMP dealing with a man who barricaded himself inside an East Hill residence Sunday night.

Members from the Vernon office received a 911 hang-up call Sunday at 8:15 p.m.  Police said the call appeared to involve two people fighting at a residence on Cascade Drive.

“When officers arrived, they observed a woman running from the house,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The 50-year-old woman stated that her boyfriend had been drinking, and pushed her and ripped her shirt.”

The woman told police the man had a knife and wanted to hurt himself.

Officers entered the home and discovered a man had barricaded himself in a bedroom.

“Our officers were able to successfully talk the suspect from the bedroom and into a hallway where he was arrested,” said Molendyk.

The man was not injured, and police believe he suffers from mental health issues, and was alleged to be off his medication at the time of the incident.

The 38-year-old man was being held for an appearance in Vernon Provincial Court to face expected assault charges.



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