Man with two knives involved in three-hour standoff in Abbotsford

Incident takes place Monday night at apartment on Hill Tout Street

Abbotsford Police

Abbotsford Police

A man with two knives was involved in a three-hour standoff with police in Abbotsford on Monday night.

The incident began just after 7:30 p.m., when police were called to an apartment in the 2500 block of Hill Tout Street. Tenants in the building reported hearing an apparently intoxicated man yelling that he was going to harm himself.

When police arrived, the 41-year-old tenant refused to leave the suite, but would occasionally appear on the patio, and could be seen holding two knives.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said a large number of patrol officers and members of the emergency response team were on site and removed people from the neighbouring suites.

The officers, who were located in and around the building, then began negotiating with the man to surrender.

MacDonald said at one point, the man briefly left the suite, and an Arwen gun, which shoots non-lethal rubber “bullets,” was used to fire one round. The man went back into the apartment, but surrendered shortly afterwards – at about 10:30 p.m.

He was then taken to hospital for a mental-health assessment.