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UPDATE: Police incident in the North Okanagan ends safely

(UPDATE: Oct. 26 @ 4:45 pm) - A lengthy police incident in Lumby ended positively today.

The North Okanagan RCMP was called to a home in the 2600 block of Shuswap Avenue around 8:15 am today after learning that a man had forced his way into a home and threatened someone with a weapon.

Officers arrived quickly, set up a perimeter around the residence and warned nearby residents and the nearby JW Inglis Elementary School about the situation.

Fortunately, the victim was able to escape the home uninjured, leaving the suspect alone inside.

At that point, specially-trained crisis negotiators were called to the scene to assist.

"Despite numerous attempts to deescalate the situation, the man inside refused to engage with the police officers on scene," said an RCMP release.

"This resulted in the RCMP using highly trained tactical officers to intervene and the suspect was safely taken into custody."

The 67-year-old Lumby man now faces a number of potential criminal charges after the incident and remains in police custody while he awaits his first appearance in court.

(Original story: Oct. 26 @ 10:10 am) - An ongoing police incident in Lumby has had the police tied up since 8:15 am today.

A perimeter has been established around a residence on Shuswap Avenue in Lumby and the RCMP is asking the public to stay away.

However, an RCMP release didn’t provide an exact location on Shuswap Avenue where the incident is unfolding.

It’s been asked that the public or media don’t share the exact location, as it may jeopardize the safety of the officers and the public.

The RCMP says it has been in contact with local residents, and nearby schools have been notified about the incident and are taking the appropriate steps to keep students safe.

NowMedia will update this story as more information becomes available.

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