After a 12 hour containment of a home in Charlie Lake B.C. by RCMP, officers now say a toddler who was inside with his father — who refused to respond to police calls — is now safe.
#FortStJohnRCMP Update Charlie Lake police 2 yr old child found safe. Update with respect to suspect to be provided as soon as possible— @NorthRCMP
The incident began around 11:45 a.m. MST in the Charlie Lake area of Rimrock Drive outside of Fort St. John when police said a woman who had called in a domestic complaint escaped from the residence, but her two-year-old son was still inside with the father.
When repeated attempts by police to contact the man inside the home failed, police surrounded the residence with what they described as a containment.
Neighbours like Alli Peck were asked to leave their homes while the operation took place.
She told CBC News that she could see a sniper and that tactical police were on her property.
Peck says she originally left her home shortly after lunch on Sunday with one of her kids to run some errands. When she returned RCMP had blocked access to her house.
She says she had to explain that her three other children were still at home. Police let her pick them up and she left for a friend's house. She has since checked into a hotel for the night.
Meanwhile, police used the staff parking lot of Jackfish Dundees restaurant as a staging point for their vehicles.
Greg Hornshaw, who owns the restaurant, says the incident was," not something we'd see here [in Charlie Lake], on a regular basis."
"I think everybody is just really surprised and shocked. It's something that's never happened," she added saying she's lived in Fort St. John for 20 years.
"It's a small community, everybody kind of knows each other and supports each other. It's definitely a shock especially since none of us actually are aware of this neighbour either."
Police have not yet released other details other than to say that the 2-year-old boy is safe.