On October 26th, 2020, at approximately 8:15 a.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP attended a residence in the 2600-block of Shuswap Avenue in Lumby, where a man had forced his way into a home and threatened another person with a weapon.
Frontline officers arrived and established a perimeter around the residence. In order to ensure the safety of the public, nearby residents were evacuated and an elementary school was instructed to hold and secure as the situation was unfolding. The victim was able to exit the residence, uninjured, leaving the suspect alone in the house.
Dealing with a potentially armed suspect, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP sought the assistance of the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team (SED ERT), Police Dog Services, and specially trained crisis negotiators, stated Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. Despite numerous attempts to de-escalate the situation, the man inside refused to engage with the police officers on scene. This resulted in the RCMP using highly trained tactical officers to intervene and the suspect was safely taken into custody.
A 67-year-old Lumby man, faces a number of potential criminal charges connected to this morning’s incident. He remains in police custody at this time, awaiting his first appearance in Court.
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP wish to thank all those directly affected by the incident for their patience, understanding, and full cooperation.