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Hedley-area mom claims police overreacted to shooting incident

Christine Allison says her son was sleeping when tear gas was employed
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Emergency Response Team officers in action in Abbotsford. Black Press File Photo

A Hedley-area woman is claiming RCMP overreacted when they arrived at her property to arrest her adult son.

Shane Allison was taken into custody Saturday Nov. 25, after someone called RCMP to report a man was outside a residence firing a rifle.

Christine Allison told the Spotlight that her home is now “unlivable” after police entered the property, and that her dog suffered from the effects of tear gas that was employed prior to the arrest.

“(Police) destroyed my house,” she said. “We are now homeless.”

Christine said her son Shane was sleeping when RCMP came through the door.

“The RCMP knowingly stormed it anyway and made sure there was no witness present at the time of the attacking, after four hours of (the) initial call.”

Shane Allison has a lengthy criminal record.

According to Princeton RCMP detachment commander Neil Potter the Emergency Response Team, dispatched out of Kelowna, was called to assist local police.

Highway 3 was closed for several hours, to preserve public safety, he said.

Allison was taken into custody and has an upcoming court appearance in Kelowna.

RCMP Cpl James Grandy sent the Spotlight the following release:

The Southeast District Emergency Response Team are called in when the risk to public and officer safety is elevated. While every effort will be made to de-escalate the situation and have the subject surrender peacefully, not all subjects are willing to surrender and enforcement action is required to take them into custody and preserve public safety. To ensure the safety of our officers, and the subject, certain tactics may be employed to facilitate physical entry into a premise.

We recognize that many entries can be dynamic and may cause damages when a subject has locked or otherwise barricaded the residence. In every case where damage is caused by police actions, we will engage our National Claims Management Program. Once police release the scene, the property representative can secure the building, repair any damages and seek compensation through the Claims Centre.

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