A two-hour standoff involving a man with a fake gun and an 11-month-old baby came to a peaceful end last night following the suspect's surrender to authorities.
The incident took place Tuesday night at around 9 p.m. in the 8700-block of 133rd Street.
"Shortly after nine o'clock last night we received a call reporting...threats from a spousal relationship," said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. "We received the information and attended the residence, where we located a male who presented himself at the door with what appeared to be a handgun."
According to Paquet, the male then went back inside the house, where a 22-year-old woman and an 11-month-old baby were being held and refused to come out. Paquet added that while the gun ended up being a fake, police had to assume it was the real thing.
"It turned out not to be one, but for the safety of the people in the home and the residents nearby, we had to ensure their safety and so we had to believe that the handgun observed in the suspect's hand was the real McCoy," said Paquet.
As a result, the Lower Mainland's emergency response team was called in and after two hours of negotiations, the suspect released the female and child without incident. He later surrendered himself to police peacefully.
"He was immediately arrested and transported to a Surrey detachment cell and victim services are looking after the female and the baby," said Paquet.
While he has not yet been formally charged, the suspect is described as a 22-year-old male from Surrey who is known to police.
"We will be recommending charges of obstructing a police officer and weapon-related charge," said Paquet, adding that the suspect was also arrested for breach of probation on charges related to a New Westminster case.
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