A police vehicle turns on to Landing Drive on the Skwah Reserve on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

A police vehicle turns on to Landing Drive on the Skwah Reserve on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: One in custody following police incident in Chilliwack on Skwah Reserve

McCammon elementary school was in hold-and-secure as ERT officers descended on the area

One person is in custody following a police incident on the Skwah Reserve in Chilliwack Thursday.

Before 9 a.m. on March 11, Chilliwack RCMP received a report of a male with a firearm in the vicinity of Ashwell Road near Wellington Avenue.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail said the presence of a firearm triggered the response from the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team.

“We engaged and the man was safely taken into custody,” Rail said.

Students and staff at McCammon elementary school in Chilliwack were in a hold-and-secure before noon on Thursday (March 11) due to the incident.

Chilliwack RCMP Tweeted at 11:16 a.m. they were on the scene nearby on Landing Drive on the Skwah Reserve just west of the western end of Wellington Avenue.

The area surrounding Wellington from Hamilton Street to Barritt Road and Ashwell Drive was cordoned off.

Parents of students at McCammon received an email message from principal Brad Driscoll at 10:55 a.m.

“All staff and students are safe inside classrooms and I am in regular and immediate contact with the RCMP,” Driscoll wrote.

Just after noon, RCMP had made the arrest.

“The police incident is safely concluded. One person is in custody,” Upper Fraser Valley RCMP tweeted at 12:06 p.m. on March 11.


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RCMP officers stand in the field at McCammon Elementary near the Skwah Reserve on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

RCMP officers stand in the field at McCammon Elementary near the Skwah Reserve on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

An RCMP officer walks along a dike beside McCammon Elementary near the Skwah Reserve on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

An RCMP officer walks along a dike beside McCammon Elementary near the Skwah Reserve on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

McCammon elementary school can be seen in the centre of this orthophoto of Chilliwack. (Maps.Chilliwack.com)

McCammon elementary school can be seen in the centre of this orthophoto of Chilliwack. (Maps.Chilliwack.com)