A potentially dangerous situation that developed this morning at a civic building in a West Kootenay city has been defused.
Southeast District RCMP stated that prior to 7 a.m. today (January 26), a male suspect armed with a bow and arrow entered the back door of Rossland City Hall before the building opened to the general public.
He allegedly pushed his way past staff, refused to leave, and locked himself inside an office.
Trail and Greater District RCMP responded the unfolding incident and used crisis de-escalation tactics.
The 24-year-old Rossland man was taken into police custody without incident.
Southeast District RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich stated that no one was injured in the incident.
Any witnesses of the incident are asked to contact the Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment.
Rossland City Hall stated it will remain closed for the remainder of the week as the investigation continues on.
In other recent news from Rossland, city council held a discussion on January 18 to address concerns about interregional and interprovincial travel and non-essential travellers in the city, which is a skiing and recreation destination.
The city stated on January 19 that Rossland city council sent a letter to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry to ask the province to do more to discourage travel.