UPDATE: Vanderhoof RCMP arrest suspect in active shooter situation
November 25, 2021 at 12:16 pm the Vanderhoof RCMP responded to reports of an active shooter with a long gun targeting the RCMP Detachment in the 100 Block of Columbia Street and then continuing to drive around the area. The public was asked to stay inside or to shelter in place.
Just after 1p.m. the Vanderhoof RCMP successfully apprehended the suspect. A brief pursuit was initiated, during which a police vehicle was rammed. The suspect was then arrested without incident.
The localized police Emergency Alert that was issued in Vanderhoof has been rescinded.
The recommended lockdown is over and businesses and schools have been told to return to normal operations.
Roadblocks that had been put in place are currently being dismantled and the RCMP is thanking the public for their cooperation during this dynamic and unfolding event.
At this time there is nothing to indicate any further ongoing threats to the public said Corporal
Madonna Saunderson, BC RCMP Media spokesperson Fortunately there were no reported injuries to anyone during this event.
Vanderhoof RCMP continue to investigate the situation, anyone who was a witness to these events is asked to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at (250) 567-2222
At 12:16 pm the Vanderhoof RCMP responded to reports of an active shooter with a long gun targeting the RCMP Detachment in the 100 Block of Columbia Street and then continuing to drive around the area.
The public is asked to stay inside or shelter in place, lock your doors and refrain from leaving your home or business at this time. All others need to avoid the downtown area and follow all police directions or restrictions.
Police believe the lone male suspect is driving a white Ford pick-up truck with an extended cab.
The individual should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see the suspect or the vehicle DO NOT APPROACH. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
Frontline officers, as well as specialized units have been deployed and are responding to the incident. The public is asked to not post any photos or videos that disclose police locations or tactics.
While we respect the public may be concerned about family or friends within the area, we ask you to not attend the area and allow first responders to address the emergency.
A localized police Emergency Alert has been issued in Vanderhoof. Anyone in that area or about to enter the area could receive an emergency text alert advising of the situation.
Please continue to monitor the BC RCMP website at bc.rcmp.ca, BC RCMP social media platforms and the media for the latest information.