Surrey RCMP standoff with axe man ends without a scratch

SURREY — A man with an axe had a two-hour standoff with police on Tuesday night before a negotiator talked him out of the house he had barricaded himself inside in Newton.

Police say the 34-year-old man, whose name has not been released pending charges, forced himself into a relative’s house in the 8200-block of 134th Street at about 7:30 p.m.

Family members escaped and called police. Nobody was injured.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said the man had an axe but he didn’t threaten anyone with it.

“He used that to damage the house.”