Oak and Pine streets below Maple were blocked off in Chemainus for six hours Thursday

RCMP talk man down after six hour standoff

The incident began at about 4 p.m. in a block bounded by Oak and Pine streets

It took RCMP about six hours to persuade a distraught man, wielding a knife, to come down from a second story roof in Chemainus Thursday, Jan. 6.

The incident began at about 4 p.m. in a block bounded by Oak and Pine streets, below Maple. The man had been alone in a second floor residence, above a commercial space.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP responded to the call and requested help from neighbouring detachments to cordon off the area. Crisis negotiators were brought in along with the RCMP Emergency Response Team.

“We were concerned for the safety of our members, as well as this individual’s safety, and safety of the public,” said Insp. Ray Carfantan.

“It all ended very well,” he added.

The man, in his early 30s, was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, and taken for assessment.