The stand off is over.
11 hours after it began Kamloops RCMP say the man who barricaded himself inside the Denny’s at 6th and Columbia is now in police custody.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the situation ended safety with the suspect arrested at 2:45 Thursday afternoon.
“I do not have any further details on what condition he is in or how the arrest was affected.”
She says it was a “positive outcome.”
Shelkie says the man is a 29 year old from Kamloops and is known to police.
She says it will take a while for police to clear the scene and reopen the intersection at Columbia and 6th.
Shelkie says it all began when a man was given his bill at the downtown Denny’s early Thursday morning and began making threats.
“When police attended the suspect closed all of the blinds to the restaurant. At one point he did exit one of the restaurant doors and he was brandishing a knife. When confronted with officers the suspect went back inside.”
She says all of the restaurant employees were evacuated and there were no employees in the restaurant during the stand off.
The Southeast District ERT squad was also called in from Kelowna.
.@KamloopsRCMP Cpl Jodi Shelkie says the stand off is over. The man inside of Denny’s is in police custody. There is an obvious potential for charges. Columbia and 6th will remain closed until police clear the scene. No ETA on that. #Kamloops pic.twitter.com/dP01daofnD— shane woodford (@WoodfordCHNL) August 2, 2018
Morning shift workers who were to work at the Denny’s have been gathered at 6th and Battle Street. They don’t believe any of the night-shift staff are still inside - but they also haven’t been told anything more than anyone else. They’re just waiting this out. #Kamloops pic.twitter.com/Bq2C5ieVcs— Brett Mineer (@MineerBrett) August 2, 2018