UPDATE: Barricaded man safely removed
UPDATE (2:15 - Sept 6/18):
Witnesses say the situation on Adams Road began when the suspect, who was covered in blood, began damaging a vehicle outside Space Centre Self Storage, and became aggressive when confronted by a civilian, who managed to escape uninjured.
RCMP Corporal Jesse O'Donaghey says the suspect also became hostile towards first responders before barricading himself inside the business.
"Kelowna RCMP surrounded the commercial building and called for the support of the RCMP South East District Emergency Response Team (SED ERT), Police Dog Services and specially trained crisis negotiators," says O'Donaghey. "At Approximately 11:30 AM, tactically trained SED ERT members breached the front door of the commercial unit in an attempt to establish direct communication with the male."
When the suspect didn't respond or cooperate, SED ERT members used non-lethal rounds and a canine unit to apprehend him.
He was medically evaluated at the scene, and was placed into an ambulance under police custody.
Adams Road has since re-opened to traffic.
UPDATE(Noon - Sept 6/18):
The man has been safely removed from the business and taken away in an ambulance. The man had barricaded himself in at Space Centre Self Storage around 9:30 this morning and came out safely just before noon.
Kelowna RCMP have blocked off a section of Adams Road after reports of a distraught man barricaded in business.
Officers responded just before 9:30 this morning and they remain at the scene, communicating with the man. The RCMP South East District Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services and specially trained crisis negotiators have been called in. “RCMP officers have established a perimeter around the commercial building,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “RCMP are asking the general public to avoid the area until such time as the situation is resolved, as temporary road closures have been put in place of along Adams Road between Edwards Road and Sexsmith Road."