UPDATE: 8:10pm: West Shore RCMP have safely taken a man into custody following a three-hour standoff on Veterans Memorial Parkway near the Langford Rona store
We are dealing with a crisis situation around Rona in Langford. Area blocked off. Please avoid area. No further info for the moment.
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) September 4, 2016
Witness Jeff Davies says the initial incident unfolded around 5:30pm. He and his partner were driving northbound on Veteran’s when they noticed traffic slowing before coming to a stop.
Davies says his partner got out of the car to ask what was going on, and heard someone reply “he’s got a gun,” then saw a man sitting at the side of the road “thrashing and writhing.”
Davies he could see something black in the man’s hand before hearing what sounded like a gunshot.
“We got out of there as did everybody else,” he said. “You could smell gun powder in the air.”