West Shore RCMP have safely taken a 36-year-old man into custody following a nearly three-hour standoff on Veterans Memorial Parkway near the Langford Rona store
The man surrendered to police without incident around 8:10pm.
Thank you everyone for your cooperation. The conflict has been resolved safely!
— 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.”
Police responded with a heavy presence that included the Emergency Response Team, canine units and crisis negotiators and had a large area closed to the public for several hours before the man surrendered.
RCMP say the investigation remains in its early stages, and they have not yet said what charges the man may face.