RCMP safely end Cranbrook standoff

Police have ended a standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a motel on Highway 3 in Cranbrook safely, and the man has been taken to hospital for evaluation.

48-year-old emotionally distraught male taken into custody and transported to hospital

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Police have ended a standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a motel on Highway 3 in Cranbrook safely, and the man has been taken to hospital for evaluation.

Cranbrook RCMP established a perimeter around the Nomad Motel this afternoon after responding to a call from a 48-year-old male seeking assistance and transportation to the hospital. But once police arrived on scene, the man became non-compliant and locked himself inside a motel room.

According to Cpl. Chris Newel of the Cranbrook RCMP, the man "made several comments that were very concerning to police that could affect public safety" and was clearly emotionally distraught.

After several hours, at approximately 8:30 p.m. PDT, a police negotiator convinced the man to exit the motel room, and he was taken into custody and transported to hospital where he will likely receive psychiatric treatment, says Newel.

No charges are expected and no one was injured in the incident.

With files from the CBC's Meera Bains

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