Parksville standoff ends with man in hospital

Police say there were no injuries and there are no charges contemplated

A 46 year-old local man ended up in hospital Tuesday after brandishing knives, threatening to hurt himself and confronting police officers.

There are no reports of injuries and police say no charges are being considered.

According to a news release issued by Cpl. Janelle Shoihet of the RCMP’s ‘E’ Division based in Surrey, members of the Oceanside RCMP detachment were called to a residence in the 400 block of Temple Street Tuesday afternoon to assist B.C. Ambulance Service.

A male was reported to be in medical distress. Upon attendance at the residence, police said they found the male engaged in a heated argument with another male on the front lawn.

When officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, the male ran inside the residence, returned with several large kitchen knives and threatened to harm himself, according to police.

Officers engaged in a lengthy interaction with the male, as he became increasingly more agitated, at one point punching out the glass in the front door of the residence.

Approximately 30 minutes after police arrival, and with continued dialogue, the male surrendered and was transported to a local area hospital for assessment.

The release also said the RCMP would like to remind residents, in high risk situations like these, to remain inside their residences and away from the scene.

“These situations are dynamic and fluid,” said the release. “The safety of the individual in question, the public and the police, is of utmost importance, and distractions such as other people encroaching onto a scene, may prove fatal.”

— NEWS Staff/RCMP news release