Flash grenades and shouts from police tactical units echoed through a Chilliwack neighbourhood Thursday night as RCMP and Abbotsford Police surrounded a Woodbine Street home.
As a police helicopter circled overhead and the RCMP’s armoured tactical vehicle stood by, police called to occupants of the home to come out.
It’s unclear who they were looking for, but one name shouted out on a megaphone was Ty Burgess. Cops asked him to come out of the house with his hands up and he “wouldn’t get hurt.” They tried negotiating with him, asking him to come to the window to talk, and later asking for a cellphone number they could reach him at, but at 11:15 p.m. he still hadn’t emerged from the house.
Burgess is wanted after he allegedly sideswiped an Abbotsford police vehicle. He’s wanted on a parole violation, and is facing possible charges of assaulting a police officer, hit-and-run and obstruction in relation to the Abbotsford incident.
Neighbours said it started around 9:45 p.m. The helicopter could be seen circling the downtown house for more than an hour. At least three flash grenades were heard going off.
Unconfirmed reports say Burgess was eventually taken into custody. Abbotsford police will be releasing more information Friday morning.
Early on in the evening, shortly after police arrived on scene, witnesses say a woman ran out of the house trying to flee the scene but was caught by police and handcuffed.
Several police cars, including the tactical armoured vehicle, the Emergency Response Team, and RCMP Police Dog Services were all on scene.
Woodbine Street, between Yale Road and Maple Avenue was blocked to traffic.
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