A standoff on the North Vancouver courthouse steps ended peacefully after a distraught man who had been holding a knife to his throat surrendered shortly after noon.
The North Vancouver courthouse and surrounding blocks were locked down this morning as North Vancouver RCMP dealt with the man.
Witnesses say a man with a knife had been on the courthouse steps. The RCMP’s emergency response team was on the scene along with police negotiators.
Officers were dealing with a distraught man in the 100-block of East 23 Ave, the
situation has been resolved peacefully. One man has been apprehended. Officers
will remain in the area while the investigation continues. @CityOfNorthVan
— North Vancouver RCMP (@nvanrcmp) July 10, 2019
Meanwhile, public buildings including the Harry Jerome Rec Centre, Flicka Gymnastics and North Shore Alliance Church were put into lockdown.
Yesterday a man was protesting with a placard outside the courts.
“It sounds like it’s the same gentleman and it’s just escalated,” said Crystal, one witness who was caught in the church parking lot just as the incident began around 11:30 a.m. “There are a lot of police on scene. There are police dogs. There are people with their guns drawn. It’s quite tense, it seems.”
There are lot of kids’ camps happening in the neighbourhood but a church staffer said the kids are doing well inside.
Harry Jerome, Centennial Theatre, Memorial and Mickey McDougall facilities are currently closed. Please note all four facilities are temporarily closed and no entrance to the facility is currently possible. Please check back for updates as they become available.
— NorthVanRC (@NorthVanRC) July 10, 2019