Vancouver police use 'flashbangs' in standoff
Traffic impacted for several hours on Knight Street between Kingsway and E. King Edward Avenue
Police in Vancouver used at least one "flashbang" distraction device in an attempt to end a standoff at a home on Knight Street on Thursday evening.
The Vancouver Police Department tweeted at 5:05 p.m. PT that the southbound curb lane in the 3900 block of Knight Street would be closed for about an hour while officers executed a search warrant on a home.
Hours later, Sgt. Randy Fincham said that negotiations were ongoing with occupants inside the home, and traffic would continue to be impacted along Knight Street between Kingsway and E. King Edward Avenue for several hours.
Just before 7 p.m. PT, police began using flashbang devices, which the department said are "devices used to create a very loud and very bright distraction," at the home.
Police dogs were brought out and officers could be heard issuing warnings that they would use force if the occupants didn't come out on their own.
At around 10:30 p.m. PT, police officers could be seen wrapping up some of the police tape used at the scene.
On Friday afternoon police issued a statement saying two people were in custody, but no charges have been laid.
With files from the CBC's Emily Elias