Police standoff near Main Street continues
Vancouver City Police are now converging on a residence in a sidestreet near Main Street and West 14th Avenue after a long standoff.
The house at 2913 Watson Street was surrounded by police officers over an hour ago, with shotguns and pistols drawn. Police made repeated announcements through a loudhailer, demanding the occupant appear and follow instructions (each message ended with the statement "We're not going away").
Officers watching the crowd gathered at both ends of the cordoned-off street have asked people to stay out of the way of approaching traffic.
Minutes ago, a group of officers climbed the front stairs and broke a front window. Witnesses standing by say that police failed in an attempt to break open the house's front door. A group of officers is now standing on the front porch, reportedly negotiating with an occupant.
UPDATE 2:25 p.m.: A group of six officers continue to stand on the porch of the residence. Three have appeared to don gasmasks. One appears from a distance to be pointing a weapon in a window or door.
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Officers wearing gasmasks entered the front door of the residence, apparently after firing tear gas into the building. Moments later they emerged with a man under arrest.