Update: Streets in West Quesnel have re-opened following a lockdown and significant police presence as RCMP executed a search warrant in the 400 Block of Willis Street Thursday morning.
Quesnel RCMP with the North District Emergency Response Team was joined by additional police units from Prince George and Williams Lake to execute the search warrant at approximately 8:45 am.
Several streets in the West Quesnel area were blocked off. Residents in the area were asked to stay inside their homes. Neighboring schools were advised of the incident and asked to keep students inside until police completed their initial search of the residence.
At approximately 10:35 a.m. all streets in the area were re-opened to the public.
“Quesnel RCMP understands the road closures were an inconvenience to many in the area,” said Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Andrew Burton in a release.
“We would like to thank the public for their cooperation and understanding during this incident.”
Several people from inside the residence have been detained.
RCMP continue to investigate.
Significant Police Presence: Area in West Quesnel Under Lockdown Thursday Morning
Quesnel RCMP is staying mum on an incident that saw heavy police presence and the lockdown of an area in West Quesnel Thursday morning.
Cariboo Country announcer Ron Nilsen was on scene and said he spoke with RCMP Sgt. Chris Riddle.
“Riddle said that they can’t release much right now because of the situation. They don’t want residents in the area to be too concerned and they have the situation under control.”
Nilsen says that RCMP had a three-block area from Doherty Drive through Wade Avenue near Baker School and Winder Street blocked off.
“RCMP were not letting in people in for safety reasons but it does look just in the last couple of minutes where they’re pulling back a little bit,” he says.
“Police have left Wade Avenue, they’ve left from Doherty but as of a few minutes ago still a number of police vehicles with their lights on Winder Street.”
Riddle said according to Nilsen that once RCMP have their operation complete they will be providing a release.
MYCARIBOONOW is following this developing story and will provide an update once further details become available.