North Van standoff ends with arrest

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Police have arrested a 44-year-old man after a five hour standoff that started at about 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

Neighbours in the 1500 block of Dovercourt Road in North Vancouver reported to police that they saw a man enter the house on April 13. The home had been damaged by a fire and deemed uninhabitable.

When police arrived at the residence they were met by a 44-year-old man that stated he would not leave the home and verbally threatened to shoot the police with a weapon.

The Lower Mainland Combined Forces Emergency Response Team was called in and negotiated with the barricaded man, who was arrested around midnight.

Police say the man is reported to be the son of the homeowners, who were not home at the time. The man is being held in police custody and will appear in court.

North Vancouver RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong says the man would face charges of break and enter, uttering threats and assault on a police officer. He says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.