Campbell River RCMP say a suspect in custody following an alleged break and enter that involved an armed confrontation with a homeowner. The police operation resulted in local roads being shut down. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

B.C. man describes alleged confrontation with armed man in break and enter

Police release more details about armed confrontation

A B.C. man described a harrowing encounter with a rifle-toting man who allegedly raided his home in Campbell River on Thursday. Police say a suspect is in custody following an operation that shut down the area to traffic.

The homeowner, who requested anonymity to ensure his privacy following the ordeal, said he entered his house through the back sliding-glass door to find the place had been “ransacked” when an armed man confronted him.

“[The] person approached me from one of the bedrooms carrying a rifle and levelled it at me, and I ran out of the house,” he said. The resident then called the police, who cordoned off the neighbourhood.

Campbell River RCMP said in a statement that they responded to a report of someone who returned to his home at 11 a.m. to find that “items were strewn about in his living room.”

Hearing a noise, the homeowner called out, and a man “stepped into view and confronted the homeowner with a gun.”

Police said they closed down the street and set up a “containment” around the home. Residents living in the vicinity of the house were asked by police to remain indoors as the operation took place.

The local Mounties brought in “all available resources,” including a police dog and an RCMP drone. The RCMP Emergency Response Team was also on the scene, along with a negotiator.

Entering the home, the police arrested a suspect “without incident,” according to the RCMP statement. Police said they seized two rifles from the scene, with no injuries reported or shots fired.

Police described the suspect as a 24-year-old male with no known fixed address. He’s expected to appear in court on Friday morning to face charges including break and enter and pointing a firearm. The investigation, police said, is in its “very early stages” and involves the Major Crimes Unit.

Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk, a police spokesperson, said the public wasn’t endangered at any time and that “[a]ppropriate precautions were taken to ensure everyone’s safety.” Police also thanked residents for their patience during the incident.

They also reminded gun owners to “ensure their firearms are locked and ammunition is stored separately at all times.”

Earlier in the day, police closed the area to traffic. As the incident unfolded, Vlooswyk said that RCMP were going door-to-door asking people to stay inside.

An unmarked police van blocked the road, and police turned away residents who arrived at the checkpoint on foot, saying the cordon would be in place for an undetermined length of time. A dog handler in a khaki uniform was visible from about 50-100 metres past the cordon, along with numerous other police.

Ken Kuster, an area resident, was flagging cars to keep the traffic moving. He said that a construction worker was diverting cars for police by a nearby golf course earlier that day.

“I came around from the golf course way, and they had it blocked,” he said. “I came around this ways, asked them: ‘Can I even get in? My step-daughter’s in there.’ No.”

Kuster, who moved into the area in recent months, said that three weeks ago police were in the area with guns drawn.

Police targeted the same stretch of road in an operation last October, but released no details about that incident.

@davidgordonkoch
david.koch@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Famed Syrian artist displays paintings created while living in refugee camps

Farid Abdulbaki’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ exhibit will be displayed May 24-26 in Victoria

Mighty Garage Sale offers boost to Metchosin groups

Metchosin Community Association holds annual sale on May 25 and 26

SidFest 7 ready to rock the Mary Winspear Centre

The Bankes Brothers and Madrona Drive headlining May 24 concert

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Mad Hatter’s Ball offers laughs in support of Boys and Girls Club

Annual fundraising event features improv performances at McPherson Playhouse May 24

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Rescue crews still searching for Okanagan kayaker last seen three days ago

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Most Read