Police incident concludes with Salmon Arm RCMP pulling man out of burning residence
No one was injured after RCMP rescued a man from a burning building Sunday evening at an Eagle Bay area home near Salmon Arm.
RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a media release the barricaded man was pulled out of the building by Salmon Arm RCMP officers after he set fire the to the residence.
“Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in the Eagle Bay area at around 10 p.m. Sunday night (December 20),” Moskaluk explained in the release.
“On police arrival, an adult male and female were safely removed from the residence after it was learned that an adult male resident had armed himself with knifes.”
Moskaluk said the man stayed inside the home and refused to comply with police instructions.
A neighbouring home was also evacuated in order to safely secure the area.
“Throughout the course of the standoff, RCMP officers dialogued with the man who threatened to harm himself and police,” Moskaluk said.
“During the course of the incident, the man smashed out several windows of the residence and then set the home on fire and refused to leave the residence.”
Moskaluk said on three occasions RCMP officers extinguished the fires with extinguishers as local volunteer FD was called out to assist.
“Officers made continuous attempts to negotiate with the man to leave the residence peacefully each time that the man briefly exited the home threatening RCMP officers with knives,” he said.
“Eventually the man did set a large fire which quickly engulfed the residence. RCMP officers had to make several attempts to pull the uncooperative man from the blaze and succeeded when the man tried to crawl out of a very small window.”
Moskaluk said the man was taken into custody physically uninjured then immediately transported to a medical facility in order to receive any required medical attention.
None of the officers were injured as a result of the incident.