A man is arrested outside of 20679 Eastleigh Cres. on Friday afternoon.

A man is arrested outside of 20679 Eastleigh Cres. on Friday afternoon.

Langley City neighbourhood evacuated

Residents in the 20600 block of Eastleigh Cres. were evacuated Friday afternoon after reports of a man armed with a firearm in the area.

A Langley City neighbourhood was evacuated for more than an hour on Friday afternoon as police hunted for a man at 20679 Eastleigh Cres.

Police and Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team members blocked off Eastleigh Crescent between 56 Avenue and Glover Road at 1:20 p.m. as they hunted for the man, who allegedly had a gun. Police Dog Services were also on scene.

Residents and employees of nearby apartment buildings and businesses were all evacuated as they searched for the suspect.

Police were advised by the suspect male’s roommate that he had been threatened and the suspect ‘could’ be in possession of a firearm. Police were able to make contact with the suspect and after a very brief negotiation, the suspect surrendered without further incident.

A 33-year-old man is currently in custody. A woman was also arrested, witnesses told The Times.

According to witness Jim Gunn, resident at a neighbouring apartment on Eastleight Cres., the house investigated is home to a mother, three sons and a daughter.

Another witness, Wendy Terry, who was on her way to the Timms Community Centre when the incident occurred, said she saw police hunting through bushes for the man.

Another man, said to be the suspect’s brother, watched from behind police tape at the Timms Community Centre. He had no comments to make.

Once interviews of witnesses are complete, police will recommend the appropriate charges to Crown Counsel.

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