A suspect is in custody following reports of an active gunman with a long gun in the northern BC community of Vanderhoof.
The tense incident led to a community-wide lockdown in the early hours of Thursday afternoon as RCMP officers worked to locate and arrest the alleged gunman.
Officers put up barricades around the small municipality, which has a population of about 4,400 and is located about 100 kilometers west of Prince George.
Authorities say the situation began with reports that a gunman targeted the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment on Columbia Street around 12:15 p.m. local time.
The suspect was then said to be driving around the area in a white Ford pickup.
In a news release, RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said there was a “short pursuit” after authorities found the suspect, and a police car was hit before officers could arrest the suspect.
“At this point, there is nothing to indicate any ongoing threat to the public,” Saunderson wrote. “Fortunately, there were no injuries reported to anyone during this event.”
Video posted on social media shows a white pickup truck covered with police tape and surrounded by RCMP vehicles.
“I received an urgent text message warning that there was an active gunman in Vanderhoof and as we entered town he was being killed at Kal Tire!” one Facebook user wrote.
While the situation is ongoing, authorities advise people in the community to “stay inside or shelter in place” and avoid posting photos or videos on social media that could reveal the whereabouts or tactics of the soldiers. Mandarin.
Saunderson said the investigation into what happened is ongoing and asked any witnesses to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment at 250-567-2222.