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UPDATE w/PHOTOS: Incident ends safely after heavy police presence surrounds on Chilliwack house

Police and ERT were able to successfully defuse a volatile situation in Fairfield Island

A police incident in Chilliwack’s Fairfield Island area ended peacefully Thursday night, following intervention by a crisis negotiator.

Residents in the area say activity started around 11 a.m. this morning (Aug. 18) in the 46400 block of Strathcona Road near Hymar Drive and Killarney Drive.

Yellow police tape went up to keep people away from the scene, which was just east of Strathcona Elementary School.

As of 3:30 p.m., RCMP and ERT (Emergency Response Team) were seen around a residence, with reports of police having guns drawn. RCMP spokesperson Krista Vrolyk said a crisis negotiator was also on scene, and she asked members of the media and public to not post anything to social media that might disclose officer locations, for safety reasons.

She confirmed reports of someone inside the house “having access to a weapon.”

By 5:30 p.m. Vrolyk was able to confirm that the “high risk situation” had been resolved safely.