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Stand off in Oliver brings huge police presence

Police have blocked off Co-Op Avenue since late Sunday afternoon
A stand off has been going on for hours in Oliver Sunday. (Shawn Pylot video)

A stand off in Oliver has brought out a large police presence including the RCMP Emergency Response Team on Sunday, Feb. 11.

The stand off started in the late afternoon on Co-Op Avenue which continues to be blocked off by police around 6:30 p.m.

Many people took to social media to ask why at least nine police vehicles were seen with sirens on heading south through Peachland, Summerland and Penticton on Highway 97 around 5:10 p.m..

What prompted the large police response isn’t known at this time.

The Western will update this story when more information is known.

A property on Martin Street in Penticton was the focus of a heavy police response last Wednesday morning in Penticton.

There were 11 police vehicles, including unmarked vehicles, that responded to the scene.

Police later confirmed that the response was caused by a reported firearm.

A man was found and while being taken into custody, a BB-gun was seized from his possession according to RCMP.

The 35-year-old Penticton resident was found to have outstanding warrants and has been detained in custody.

READ MORE: Arrest made after firearm reported in downtown Penticton

Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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