UPDATE: Greenwood man taken to hospital after 33-hour standoff

Jennifer Hoegg
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Update: 8 a.m. Dec. 10

A  54-year-old man is in custody after a 33-hour standoff on Hall Road was resolved early this morning.

Const. Blair MacMurtery said the man surrendered to police  around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 10 and then was taken to Valley Regional Hospital for an initial assessment. The man remains in police custody and will be returning.

The man had barricaded himself in his home near Greenwood and police stated he may have been armed. Kings District RCMP and the provincial Emergency Response Team were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and were in negotiations with the man throughout.

Neighbours who had been evacuated during the incident are now allowed to return home and Hall Road has reopened to traffic.

There is no word on whether the man will face charges.


Update: 8 p.m.

Just before 8 p.m. Sunday night Const. Blair MacMurtery confirmed RCMP are still at the scene of a standoff near Greenwood.

A man has been barricaded inside a Hall Road Home since 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Police were called to the home in response to an “emotionally disturbed” individual who may have firearms.

Police have been in contact with the man inside the home on and off, MacMurtery added.

“We’re going to keep at it until we have a peaceful resolution.”

MacMurtery said he does not expect to release a name or address until the situation is resolved.

 “Negotiations are stressful and we don’t want to add anymore stress to the situation.”

A number of neighbours have been evacuated and MacMurtery said they probably will not be able to return until the incident is over. 

Cheryl  Johnstone, who lives across the street on Hall Road, said two police officers in riot gear showed up at her door around 3 p.m. advising her to leave.

“They said they couldn’t guarantee we would be able to leave for work in the morning,” she said.  “They didn’t want us to move after dark.”

She said she and her partner were told to stay away from their picture window and they were not allowed to drive past the driveway of the home where the standoff is underway.

Johnstone said the man was peeking out the window of his home as she and her partner drove away.

“That was a little nerve wracking.”

The couple drove another neighbour out of the area, as well, and is staying with family.

“I had a roast in the oven so I just picked up the roast and brought it over here,” Johnstone said.

There are road blocks at Hall and Glebe roads and Hall and Palmer roads. RCMP are asking the public to stay away from the area.

Update: 3:40 p.m.

Kings RCMP media liaison Const. Blair MacMurtery confirms police are still at the scene of a Hall Road home near Greenwood where  man has barricaded himself. The individual is believed to have firearms.

Cheryl Johnstone, who lives across the road from the the house in question, said at 3:20 p.m. she had been told to evacuate her home.

MacMurtery said evacuations are an ongoing process.

“We are moving people for public safety. When we can do that we will.”

MacMurtery said RCMP members have been in contact with the man and “negotiations are open and ongoing.

“With that we’re hoping to get a peaceful resolution.”

Update: 1:45 p.m.

Police are still trying to resolve an incident in Greenwood where a man has barricaded himself inside his Hall Road home near the Highway 201. RCMP have been on the scene since Saturday evening when they were called about an “emotionally disturbed” man who claims to have firearms who had shut himself inside the residence.  Police say the man is alone in the home.

Cheryl Johnstone lives across the street from the scene and is upset with how little information RCMP have provided.

“We still have not had a policeman at our door… to say what is going on,” she said around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. “My main concern is that we don’t know anything.”

“At 8 p.m. last night we were sitting here and saw the (police) cars pull in,” Johnstone said. “We watched them walk around his house for about half an hour and then saw them back up.”

At 4 a.m., Johnstone said, police were using a loudspeaker to try to communicate with the man and had spotlights trained on the home.

By morning, all was quiet, she said, but neighbours spotted the man opening his front door to knock the loudspeaker off his step.

Johnstone has lived in the area for 10 years and has never spoken to the man who she estimates to be in his 50s.

Roadblocks are set up at Hall Road and the 201 (Glebe Road) and at Hall and Palmer. RCMP are asking the public to stay away from the area.

The RCMP's Emergency Response Team and EHS are also at the scene.

Update: 1:15 p.m.

According to Leblanc, roadblocks are set up at Hall Road and Glebe Road west of the incident and on Glebe Road east of the incident.

There are no updates on the situation.

“We’re hoping to reach a peaceful resolution,” Leblanc said.


A number of homes in the Greenwood area have been evacuated while police try to speak to a man inside a Hall Road residence.

Kings District RCMP were called to a home Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. where an “emotionally disturbed” man who claims to have firearms has barricaded himself inside a home.

Police say interactions with the man have been unsuccessful and several neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

“Specialized crisis intervention police resources were summoned to the scene and continue to speak with the man who is alone in his residence,” RCMP said in a press release at noon Dec. 9.

EHS is also at the scene.

“Our people are in constant contact with him,” RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc said. He confirmed the Emergency Response Team has been at the scene.

Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area and a number of roadblocks are in place in the Hall Road, Central Avenue area.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Greenwood, Hall Road

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Recent comments

  • Jason
    December 09, 2012 - 20:35

    i would just like to point out that, the address was given out, now all you need to do is yellowpage the address, and you'll get it.

    • Jeff
      December 10, 2012 - 08:36

      I don't see an address Jason?!

    • jason
      December 10, 2012 - 18:28

      "Cheryl Johnstone, who lives across the street at 53 Hall Road, said two police officers in riot gear showed up at her door around 3 p.m. advising her to leave."

  • anon
    December 09, 2012 - 18:31

    Does anyone know the identity of this man? I have reason to believe that I know this man, and I'm worried....

    • Just Me
      December 09, 2012 - 21:50

      I know who it is..

  • marsha savage
    December 09, 2012 - 17:06

    I just watched Global news, no information there. I would think the man's name could be released so someone who knows him may be able to help.

    • peter benjamin
      December 09, 2012 - 18:33

      Your right they should give a name. I was told by the neibors five houses up it was my brother living in that house. I tried to talk to the rcmp but they don't know anything they told me its not my brother but how do they know if they haven't seen him.

  • KLB
    December 09, 2012 - 12:14

    What is the address of the house in question?

  • Cheryl Johnston
    December 09, 2012 - 11:26

    We live right across the street from this man and have not been told anything by the police! Though they are in our yard no one has come to the door or called us. Boyfriend went out and was told we could not leave the house.

    • Douglas Vautour
      December 10, 2012 - 00:02

      Hello. I think my parents (Lou and Debbie Vautour) live next door. Does anyone know if they've been able to leave? Thank you very much.