Terrace standoff ends peacefully

THE POLICE vehicles crowded around a Scott Avenue home are clearing out after the successful end to a standoff.

WOMAN is taken into police custody

THE POLICE vehicles that had been crowded around a Scott Avenue home are clearing out after the successful end to a standoff this morning.

A woman who was in a residence that had a firearm inside it came out after talking to police.

At one point, RCMP Emergency Response Team members were seen walking toward the house with a shield.

Shortly after that a woman who had been inside the house came out the front door.

The woman, who has long dark hair and of average height and dressed casually, was met by a group of officers, including members of the emergency response team.

She was then escorted to a police vehicle and transported away.

Officers then checked the residence.

“ At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Terrace RCMP with the assistance of the North District Traffic Services, the Crisis Negotiation Team, and the North District Emergency Response Team successfully resolved the situation without incident. A 16-year-old girl from Terrace was arrested for break and enter, “ says Inspector Dana Hart, officer in charge of Terrace RCMP detachment.

RCMP officers had surrounded the house in the 4600 block of Scott this morning, fearing that the one person they knew who was inside might be armed.

The person, a woman, broke into the home at 5:30 a.m., awakening the home’s lone female occupant who was able to leave and call police, said Terrace RCMP Constable Angela Rabut.

The first officers on the scene said a woman inside the house was carrying a large knife.

“We know there is a rifle [inside],” said Rabut, speaking from the scene at around 8:30 a.m. “The homeowner has told us. It is secure.”

Officers were keeping spectators well back from the home on the north side of the street.

“At this point we’re treating the situation as if that person was armed,” said Rabut.

Members of the RCMP’s northwest Emergency Response Team arrived around 8:30 a.m. Also at the location was a police dog and the RCMP’s large blue incident command van.

Early on, as many as eight police vehicles were at the location.

Residents making inquiries were told to stay inside.

Rabut said the person who was the occupant of the house was unharmed.

“She’s out and she’s OK,” said Rabut.

Also at the location was an ambulance.

The same block was the location of another standoff, this time in early summer 2010, when a distraught man barricaded himself inside his home.

That incident, which began in the morning, lasted nearly 12 hours until police subdued the individual. He was taken to Mills Memorial Hospital for care.

The Suwilaawks Community School, just metres from the location, remained open but students walking to class along Sparks were steered to the other side of the street away from the 4600 block of Scott.

“The school is open and locked down,” said school board chair Art Erasmus prior to the incident ending. “We’re keeping the kids safe.”