Kelowna RCMP spokesman Kris Clark debriefs media after a standoff in downtown Kelowna on Sunday.

Kelowna RCMP spokesman Kris Clark debriefs media after a standoff in downtown Kelowna on Sunday.

No weapon in downtown Kelowna standoff

A man threatening suicide at the Cardington Apartments transitional housing complex on St. Paul Street never had a gun as he claimed

  • Mar. 25, 2013 7:00 p.m.

There was no weapon in the supposed armed standoff at the Cardington Apartments on St. Paul Street, Kelowna RCMP say.

A 49-year-old man was taken into custody after barricading himself in his apartment for two hours on Sunday afternoon and threatening to kill himself and do harm to others.

“He has threatened suicide in the past,” said RCMP spokesperson Kris Clark in a debriefing on the incident Monday morning.

Clark noted the individual was already known to police and did not make any specific threats against others, though police were concerned there might be hostages in his room.

Buildings on either side of the transitional housing complex were evacuated and the block closed off, prompting media attention.

RCMP managed to secure the man’s cell phone number and negotiated a peaceful resolution.

All RCMP officers are trained in crisis negotiation and, in 95 per cent of cases, the negotiations are successful, Clark said.

As the individual involved did not actually threaten anyone’s life specifically, other than his own, no charges will be laid.

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