An eight-hour standoff between a man and police in a home east of Kamloops ended with him being hit with a Taser and taken into custody Monday morning.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the 30-year-old man was taken to hospital for minor injuries related to the Taser and will face a charge of assault causing bodily harm as well as drug-related charges.
Learned said the incident began Sunday as an abandoned 911 call. Police took some time to track down the cellphone from which the call was made.
The woman owning that phone wasn’t at her home address. Police found her at a neighbour’s house, with extensive trauma to her head, face and body including scrapes and bruising.
The woman said she’d been attacked the day before by her commonlaw husband. Learned said she was sent to hospital for treatment.
At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, City and rural detachment officers went to the house on 700-block East Shuswap Road to arrest the suspect.
When they told him at the door he was under arrest, he slammed it shut and ran upstairs, closing himself in a bedroom and saying he had a weapon.
Officers staked out a space on the main floor and surrounded the building. An RCMP negotiator was called in.
The man’s 14-year-old daughter from a different relationship was in a bedroom across the hall from her father. She was let out after two hours and was unharmed.
Just before 8 a.m. Monday, the man left the bedroom and went into a bathroom. Officers followed him back into the bedroom.
He reached behind him, refused to follow officers’ orders and was zapped with a Taser, Learned said.
Afterward, they found an open utility knife (X-Acto knife) near where he was putting his hands behind his back. No other weapons were found.
The man is known to police and has a history of violence. He had just finished a federal parole a month ago.
Afterward, police found $3,000 to $4,000 worth of crack cocaine in the house, along with some small marijuana plants. They believe he was taking the crack during the night-long standoff.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment of Taser probe wounds.