Happy Valley-Goose Bay standoff suspect surrenders: witness

Derek Montague
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TC Media—Happy Valley-Goose Bay

A man’s standoff with police at a residence on Saunders Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this afternoon shut down part of the residential area for roughly two hours before ending peacefully, according to a resident of the neighbourhood.

The person said just after 2 p.m. a man walked out of the house with his hands raised.

“He just coolly walked across the road and walked into the driveway over there and showed that he had nothing … and the RCMP just stepped up to him,” the resident explained.

Earlier today, several RCMP vehicles were seen on Saunders Street. Two of the police vehicles blocked off a section of the street, forcing some residents to wait before they could return to their homes.

At around 1:30 p.m., the RCMP’s Labrador District media liaison officer, Cpl. Rick Mills, confirmed  there was a “situation” occurring on Saunders Street.

Another resident of the street said she noticed police activity in the area just before noon.

“It was going on this morning, but I didn’t realize it until dinner time. I noticed that the RCMP was parked … on the side of the road,” she said.

“And I did go out and speak with one of the RCMP officers. I told him that my daughter was coming home at 3 p.m. and what should I do, if I should go pick her up or not. At that time, he said the bus would be allowed to the first RCMP vehicle and I would be allowed to walk up and bring her back to the house.

“… I got a call from the school and I had to go pick her up because they weren’t going to allow the bus on the road then.”

It is unclear if the person involved in the standoff was armed.  Mills was unavailable to provide further details.

The Labradorian

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Saunders Street Labrador District

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