Po­lice re­spond to com­plaint of man with gun at Delta Rise

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

Delta: Just after 5:30 pm on Oc­to­ber 22 po­lice were called about a man who had threat­ened an­other man with a gun at a so­cial gather­ing in the Delta Rise apart­ment build­ing, on 80th Ave in North Delta.

Po­lice were ad­vised that a man had been threat­ened with a gun and fear­ing for his life, jumped from the 19th floor bal­cony to an 18th floor bal­cony and en­tered an­other apart­ment. He hid for a while, un­til po­lice were con­tacted.

“Delta Po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded within min­utes, set­ting up con­tain­ment of the suite in ques­tion,” says Cris Leykauf, pub­lic af­fairs co­or­di­na­tor for Delta Po­lice. “Be­cause of the threat of the firearm this was deemed to be a sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial risk to the pub­lic.”

Delta Po­lice re­quested as­sis­tance from the Lower Main­land Dis­trict In­te­grated Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (ERT) with en­ter­ing a suite on the 19th floor, as it was be­lieved the sus­pect may still be on scene. Mul­ti­ple at­tempts were made to con­tact the sus­pect. In­ves­ti­ga­tors then ob­tained a search war­rant and ERT was used to ex­e­cute the war­rant, en­ter­ing the suite around 2:30 am, Oc­to­ber 23. Neigh­bour­ing suites were also searched; how­ever the sus­pect was not lo­cated. A num­ber of res­i­dents at the Delta Rise, par­tic­u­larly those on the 19th floor, were kept from their suites for hours while the in­ci­dent un­folded.

“We want to thank the res­i­dents of the Delta Rise for their pa­tience and their co­op­er­a­tion,” says Leykauf. “We un­der­stand this was very in­con­ve­nient, par­tic­u­larly as it was a chilly night. Be­cause we didn’t know how long the in­ci­dent might take our of­fi­cers took a num­ber of steps to pro­vide for dis­placed res­i­dents.” Of­fi­cers were very en­gaged in look­ing after res­i­dents by pro­vid­ing shel­ter, in­clud­ing a bus, and food and cof­fee for those who were not al­lowed to en­ter the build­ing.

“We also want to thank the build­ing’s concierge, who stayed late help­ing of­fi­cers co­or­di­nate com­mu­ni­ca­tion with res­i­dents,” says Leykauf. For­tu­nately there were no in­juries re­ported to the po­lice re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent, how­ever there is some dam­age to a num­ber of suites on the 19th floor.

Delta Po­lice is work­ing with other Metro Van­cou­ver po­lice forces as well as the Real Time In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre-bc in an ef­fort to lo­cate the sus­pect, who is known to po­lice.

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