Island man facing charges after Coombs standoff


WATCH: Man taken into custody after barricading himself in trailer during Coombs standoff

A 36-year-old man remains in custody after a tense police stand-off in Coombs on Tuesday.

Heavily armed RCMP officers surrounded a trailer near the Alberni Highway Tuesday morning.

The man allegedly broke into the trailer while attempting to escape from police after smashing his vehicle into a police cruiser and other cars.

He remained barricaded inside until Tuesday evening when police used something similar to tear gas to force him out.

Weapon found in trailer after Coombs standoff

A gun was found in the trailer and the man was taken into custody.

Fortunately, initial fears of a hostage taking turned out to be false and although neighbours were shaken, no one was hurt.

Police say the man is well-known to police and wanted on a number of outstanding warrants.

He’s expected to appear in court Thursday on a number of new charges including possession of a firearm, break and enter and flight from police.


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