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Heavily armed RCMP officers surround Chilliwack home

RCMP officers at the scene on Portage Avenue in Chilliwack where a man refused to come out of the house. - Paul J. Henderson
RCMP officers at the scene on Portage Avenue in Chilliwack where a man refused to come out of the house.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Heavily armed RCMP officers had a Portage Avenue house surrounded Tuesday afternoon as a man refused to leave the home despite repeated orders to do so.

A woman who lives in the home told the Times at the scene that the man's name is Kimber, and he was unarmed and not dangerous.

Mounties have said little, but the woman—who did not want to give her name—said the man's partner told police that he was going to shoot her and shoot himself before he arrived on her doorstep.

General duty RCMP officers were on the scene along with the Police Dog Services Unit and several heavily-armed officers.

A police negotiator repeatedly asked the man over a loudspeaker to come out of the home with his hands up over a period of about two hours.

"Just come to the front door Kimber," the officer could be heard saying over the loudspeaker.

"It's important that you keep your word."

The man briefly opened the door, but closed it again, and by 3:30 p.m. he still had not left the residence, but by 4 p.m. police had both men in custody.

Neighbours who live on a stretch of Portage near Quarry Road were not allowed to get to their homes during the standoff.

The woman who lives in the home said there was a second man in the house with Kimber, but it was not a hostage situation.

An RCMP spokesperson did not return a call to comment on the situation before this was posted.

More details to come as they are made available.

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