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RCMP, ERT in standoff at Langley home

RCMP are on scene related to an incident, but few details have been released
Police are at 208th Street and 72nd Avenue for an emergency incident. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

UPDATE: A 44-year-old Langley man has been apprehended, apparently unharmed, after a standoff with police in a Willoughby townhouse on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The incident began with multiple calls to the police 9-1-1 and non-emergency phone lines on Monday and Tuesday, said Cpl. Craig Van Herk, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

On Tuesday, the man barricaded himself into the home on 72nd Avenue near 208th Street, Van Herk said.

The Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team arrived to help Langley RCMP, and negotiated with the man.

That evening, he was taken into custody, and has been taken to hospital for a medical assessment.

“There was no gunfire,” Van Herk said.

Police have re-opened 72nd Avenue, which was closed between 208th Street and Crush Crescent from the late afternoon.


Langley RCMP have closed 72nd Avenue from 208th Street to 210th Street as of the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 2 to deal with an incident in the area.

“The situation is contained and we are asking people to avoid the area for now,” said Cpl. Craig Van Herk, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

A man who lives in the area, and asked that his name not be used, said that a townhouse on 72nd Avenue was surrounded by police, including officers wearing army-style fatigues and carrying large weapons.

He said it appeared they were trying to negotiate with someone inside the townhouse.

“Apparently, somebody’s in that house that doesn’t want to come out,” the man said.

Although a witness said that police might have breached the house, that was incorrect, Van Herk said.

Van Herk confirmed the Emergency Response Team (ERT) was on scene, and police were having conversations with an individual in a home there, but police were staying to a perimeter around the area as of 5:20 p.m.

The witness’s girlfriend was told to go back inside when she went out to ask police what was happening, he said.

The road closure came sometime before 4:30 p.m., and has also affected part of Crush Crescent nearby.

– More to come

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Part of Crush Crescent and 72nd Avenue were blocked off on the afternoon of Aug. 2, as Langley RCMP said there was an ‘incident’ between 208th and 210th Streets. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Police are at 208th Street and 72nd Avenue for an emergency incident. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A vehicle with a battering ram on the front was near a home where police were negotiating with a man inside, but it was apparently not used during a standoff on Tuesday, Aug. 2. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Emergency Response Team officers (ERT) and armoured trucks were on scene in Langley where police were negotiating with a man inside a townhouse on 72nd Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

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