A section of Cornwall Road in Ashcroft from the junction with Highway 97C was closed on the morning of Feb. 8 due to a police incident involving a man with a handgun. (Photo credit: Google Maps)

A section of Cornwall Road in Ashcroft from the junction with Highway 97C was closed on the morning of Feb. 8 due to a police incident involving a man with a handgun. (Photo credit: Google Maps)

One man in custody after handgun incident on Ashcroft Reserve

Police say Desert Sands School was never under lockdown, although school bus service was affected

Ashcroft RCMP have stated that a 35-year-old male has been arrested, and faces a number of potential charges related to firearms and threats following an incident on the morning of Feb. 8.

Just before 8 a.m. on Feb. 8, Ashcroft RCMP responded to a weapons complaint on the Ashcroft Reserve, after an armed man was reportedly seen running through a field near New Ranch Road. Officers established a containment line around the reserve, which included shutting down Cornwall Road and a portion of Highway 97C.

Sgt. Darren Angman of the Ashcroft detachment says that a large number of police resources responded to the incident.

“We contacted the Southeast District Critical Incident Commander, and the Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Services were deployed. We locked down the reserve, and our investigation led us to one particular property.”

Angman says that the man surrendered peacefully to police and was taken into custody, where he remains as of the time of writing. Police have since recovered a replica BB gun, and the investigation continues.

Angman says that contrary to rumours on social media stating that Desert Sands Community School had been locked down, police did not lock down the school or anything else in the area.

“We did not let the school bus through the reserve to pick up students, as everyone was locked down in their homes,” he said. “That’s how the school rumour started.”

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call Ashcroft RCMP at (250) 453-2216.


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