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Standoff at Saanich home ends peacefully

Dec 09 2011

A firearms investigation by Saanich police turned into a standoff at a home on Mildred Street Thursday.

Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said officers arrived at the home on the normally quiet road, next to Knockan Hill Park, in advance of executing a search warrant.

"We were waiting for a search warrant, and we went there in advance to contain the house, to make sure nobody left or went in," Jantzen said.

The occupants, who turned out to be a 21-year-old man and his mother, did not respond well, Jantzen said. He said the man is well-known to police.

"We made contact inside and they weren't overly co-operative," Jantzen said.

"Because it was about firearms and unco-operative people, it was treated like an armed and barricaded situation."

The prospect of finding firearms also meant the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team was called. Some surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The incident unfolded between 5 and 6 p.m., and was resolved by about

8 p.m. Once the search warrant arrived, the man gave himself up. Police negotiators were in contact with him throughout.

The search was expected to take some time, Jantzen said.

"They'll probably be there through the balance of the night."

Jantzen said a B.C. Transit bus was on the scene during the situation to provide a warm place for witnesses and evacuees.

"The neighbours were all really good. I had several people pull up and say 'Thanks a lot'."

jwbell@timescolonist.com

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