Mounties stood over a man who suffered self-inflected knife wounds and had to be taken by a taser after taking a woman hostage at the Langley Centre Bus Exchange on Saturday afternoon, April 29.                                 Curtis Kreklau South Fraser News Services

Mounties stood over a man who suffered self-inflected knife wounds and had to be taken by a taser after taking a woman hostage at the Langley Centre Bus Exchange on Saturday afternoon, April 29. Curtis Kreklau South Fraser News Services

Hostage taking at Langley City bus loop ends with man taken down with taser

Dramatic scene involving a male who was behaving erratically unfolded just after 1 p.m.

  • Apr. 29, 2017 3:50 p.m.

A dramatic scene unfolded at the Langley City bus loop Saturday afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m., Langley RCMP received several calls at the Langley Centre Bus Exchange in the 20400 block of Logan Avenue, reporting a male was cutting his wrists with a knife.

Mounties arrived quickly to find the man had a knife in his hand and additional knives on his waist.

Officers immediately confronted the male at gunpoint as backup responded.

The man then took a nearby female hostage while refusing the commands of the RCMP. Police said the woman was known to the suspect.

He held the female hostage for nearly 15 minutes while the RCMP negotiated with him.

RCMP eventually deployed a taser to subdue the male and rescue the female hostage.

BC Ambulace Service paramedics were requested to treat the male for cuts to his wrists and neck as well as the effects of the taser.

The female hostage was transported to hospital by RCMP to be checked and interviewed further. She was found to be physically unharmed.

An area of the busy bus exchange was taped off as a crime scene.

According to Langley RCMP, the suspect, a 45-year-old Langley man, was believed to be high on drugs at the time of the incident. He is known to police.

The incident is still under investigation but charges will likely be recommended.

Curtis Kreklau

South Fraser News Service