COMMUTER ALERT: police incident resolved, Highway 15 reopened

The stretch of highway between 8th and 16th Avenues was shut down for a time Thursday afternoon.

Police had a southern section of Highway 15 in Surrey shut down for a while today.

But they have just advised it has been reopened to traffic in the 1300 block of 176th Street.

“The earlier police incident has been resolved, and there are no safety concerns for the general public,” said Staff Sgt. Duane Honeyman, a watch commander for the Surrey RCMP.

Surrey RCMP responding to reports of a suicidal man walking around with a rifle in the 1300-block of 176 Street on today (Thursday, May 3) at around 2:30 p.m.

According to a Black Press reporter at the scene, police are telling members of the public to avoid the area or stay inside their homes.

Police attention was focused around greenhouses on the east side of 176 Street (near the Urban Safari Rescue Society).

Traffic has been closed northbound and southbound on 176 Street between 8th and 16 Avenue, and drivers were told to plan alternate routes.

More than a dozen police vehicles were reported to be on the scene including armored vehicles and ambulances.

RCMP issued a news release shortly after 4 p.m. saying they were responding to a report of “a distraught person.”

“The investigation is ongoing and multiple police units are on the scene,” it stated.

It was 11 months ago that officers were called to the same area after reports of a shooting. That incident resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for one man, and charges against another after a late-night standoff.

– with Black Press files

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