A member of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) on Woodbine Street in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

A member of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) on Woodbine Street in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Armed ERT officers respond to firearm report near Chilliwack middle school Friday

School put in hold-and-secure in the afternoon as incident was resolved

A complaint of an individual spotted with a firearm at a residence on Yale Road on Friday led to a protracted police incident that included attendance by the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT).

An RCMP officer on Yale Road in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

There was some confusion on the streets as traffic was rerouted around a portion of Yale Road near Woodbine Street, and Chilliwack middle school was in a hold-and-secure.

Chilliwack RCMP responded to a call that an individual with a firearm was seen.

Officers were focused on a recreational trailer in a driveway of a house on the north side of Yale west of Woodbine. An officer on a loudspeaker was repeatedly heard ordering the person out of the trailer with his hands up.

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The incident began around the time of school being let out, and lasted well into the late afternoon with ERT eventually seizing a firearm.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail had no further details other than to say that the matter is still under investigation.

“The hold-and-secure at the school was strictly precautionary,” Rail said.

Students were being released to parents at the school, but those who walk home were asked to stay in the building.


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An RCMP officer on Yale Road in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

An RCMP officer on Yale Road in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

An RCMP officer on Woodbine Street in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

An RCMP officer on Woodbine Street in Chilliwack on Sept. 20, 2019 in response to a report of an individual with a firearm in a nearby residence. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)