Police issue emergency alert for active shooter in Vanderhoof – BC News

Active shooter arrested

UPDATE 13:45

The Vanderhoof RCMP says they have a suspect in custody after an armed man opened fire on the ward on Thursday.

An emergency lock had been declared at. 12:16 and was lifted a little over an hour later when the RCMP made the arrest.

Residents of the community 100 kilometers west of Prince George had been warned to lock their doors and windows and if possible not to leave their homes or businesses.

The RCMP had been looking for someone armed with a long rifle and was reportedly driving in a white Ford pickup truck with an extended cab.

This story will be updated when more details are available.

The Prince George citizen


ORIGINAL 13:10

Residents of Vanderhoof are being asked to stay indoors due to a report of an active shooter in the community 80 kilometers west of Prince George.

The RCMP says their department in the 100 block of Columbia Street was hit by a “shooter with a long gun” at 1 p.m. 12:16 Thursday.

The shooter then continued driving in the area, police said.

“The public is asked to stay inside or shelter in place, lock your doors and refrain from leaving your home or business at this time. Everyone else must avoid the downtown area and follow all police instructions or restrictions,” the RCMP said in a statement. .

The lone male suspect is driving a white Ford pick-up with extended cab. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 911 must be called immediately.

“Frontline officers as well as specialized units have been deployed and are responding to the incident. The public is being asked not to post photos or videos that reveal police locations or tactics,” the RCMP said.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area and let first aiders work. An emergency alarm has been issued in Vanderhoof, warning residents of the situation.

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