Man charged in connection with Sunday night standoff

A 62-year-old Victoria man is facing a handful of charges in connection with an armed standoff Sunday night.

  • Tue Feb 23rd, 2016 8:00pm
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A 62-year-old Victoria man is facing a handful of charges in connection with an armed standoff Sunday night.

Just before 9 p.m., officers were called to a home in the 200-block of Gorge Road East. Initial reports indicated a man had a gun and threatened to harm others at the home.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the man had barricaded himself inside a unit, prompting police to evacuate others living in the area and call the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team.

Negotiators worked to resolve the situation for the next several hours. Around 1:30 a.m., the man finally surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. A firearm was seized at the scene.

Mark Cunningham has been charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, possession of a weapon dangerous for a purpose and unauthorized possession of a firearm.