Man taken into custody after school lockdown in Duncan

Man taken into custody after school lockdown in Duncan
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Police said a church and two schools kept children inside Tuesday after a man fled a residence.

RCMP said an injured man was taken into custody Tuesday after he fled from a residence, causing a lockdown at two Duncan schools.

North Cowichan/Duncan said at around 12:44 p.m., they received a report of a man attempting to harm himself with a knife then fleeing from a Cowichan Lake Road residence.

Officers from North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment Frontline Policing, General Investigation Section, Indigenous Policing and Community Policing as well as Island District Traffic Services and Police Dog Services went to the area to locate the man.

RCMP contacted École Mount Prevost, Tansor Elementary, School District 79 and a nearby church, advising them to keep children indoors while officers found the man. Police said they did not believe the man was a threat to anyone else and he had no connection to any children attending school in the local area, however, out of an abundance of caution, the school instituted their own protocols.

The man was located and taken into custody without incident approximately one hour after the call to police.

“Public safety is our primary focus,” Sgt. Trevor Busch with North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said.

“In this case that included the safety of the man involved, but also safety of everyone in the nearby vicinity, that is why we took no risks and advised nearby schools to keep children indoors.”


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