Standoff ends with one arrest

Emergency response team negotiators helped bring about a peaceful end to a two-hour standoff in Saanich Thursday evening.

  • Dec. 10, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Emergency response team negotiators helped bring about a peaceful end to a two-hour standoff in Saanich Thursday evening.

Police went to a home in the 3800-block of Mildred St. to arrest a 21-year-old male for possessing a firearm.

But the man and his mother barricaded themselves inside the home. With the belief that a firearm was inside, police cordoned off the neighbourhood and neighbouring homes were evacuated.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence, and the man was arrested.

No weapons were found inside the home, but police uncovered three-quarters of a kilogram of cocaine hidden in a container.

As of Friday charges against the 21-year-old were still waiting approval.

kslavin@saanichnews.com