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Man with firearm arrested in east Richmond

Roads have reopened in the area

A suspect was arrested in east Richmond after an area in the Hamilton community was shut down on Tuesday afternoon.

Richmond RCMP responded to the 22000-block of Norton Court around 12 p.m. of a man allegedly pointing a firearm at bailiffs – individuals who enforce civil judgments in B.C.

The bailiffs, according to police, were at the residence to remove the man under a Supreme Court Order.

However, when the bailiffs entered the property, the man pointed a firearm at them, resulting in the bailiffs exiting the house and contacting the local police.

The suspect then allegedly exited the house onto a second-story balcony and also “discharged his firearm multiple times into the air,” reads an RCMP statement.

“Richmond RCMP frontline officers quickly set-up containment on the residence and the area was secured for public safety,” said Cpl. Adriana O’Malley, spokesperson for the Richmond RCMP.

“Frontline officers were in contact with the man, however, he refused to exit the residence.”

Nearby residences reported RCMP officers wearing “tactical-like” gear carrying what appeared to be rifles in the area.

The incident had Westminster Highway, between Gilley Road and McLean Avenue, closed off to vehicles and pedestrians at the time.

An emergency response team and RCMP negotiator were also on the scene.

The man was safely taken into custody at around 3:45 p.m. and no injuries to the public or police reported.

The investigation is still active and ongoing at this time, but roads have since re-opened.