Salmo man faces charges for threats/weapons
A 28-year-old Salmo man is facing charges of Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, after an incident Jan. 8.
“On the evening of Jan. 8, Salmo RCMP received a complaint of threats being made to a local businessman. After obtaining further information from the complainant, two RCMP officers, one from Salmo and the second from Trail Detachment, attended a residence on Nystrom Road in Salmo,” said RCMP Cpl. Barry Graham, adding that the suspect in this matter is known to police and has a history of emotional health issues.
“Upon attendance and announcement by police, the suspect was observed through a window to retrieve and conceal an edged weapon.
“The suspect then invited the officers to enter the residence. The attending members decided not to enter the residence and moved away. The two members called for additional backup officers, including police dog handler, and waited nearby. The suspect remained inside the residence, refusing to come out.
“Shortly following the arrival of the back-up members, entry was made by police into the residence and the suspect was arrested without incident. A folding 10-inch saw blade was seized by police.”
The officers were praised for resolving the situation without violence or escalation.
“The officers involved handled the situation in a professional and safe manner, avoiding potential injury or harm to both the suspect and police,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Seibel, of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment.
Heath Steininger, 28, appeared in Provincial Court in Nelson on Jan. 10 and was later released on a Recognizance of Bail with conditions to keep the peace, not possess weapons and to have no contact with the victim or to attend the victim’s place of employment. The next appearance date for Steininger is not known at this time.