Update: Delta Police dealing with distraught man in Ladner
Police were attempting to coax a distraught man out of a Ladner home on Wednesday afternoon (June 13).
At about 4:30 p.m. Delta Police spokesperson Const. Ciaran Feenan said the suspect was holed up in a shed beside his home in the 4600 block of 51st Street and possibly has weapons. Feenan said no one had been threatened.
The suspect is believed to be alone and police negotiators are in communication with him.
Feenan said there is no truth to the rumour the suspect broke into the house and stole weapons.
Delta Police first reported around noon that they were dealing with the male, but that the scene was contained and safe.
An area resident confirmed the first name of the suspect is Jordan.
Delta Secondary School, Ladner Elementary School and Port Guichon Elementary school were all under lockdown during the afternoon. The lockdown on the two elementary schools was lifted around 1 p.m.
After school hours, DSS students were being bussed to Sacred Heart School on Arthur Drive where parents could pick them up.
Jaye Sawatsky, principal of Ladner Elementary School, released this message to parents at 2 p.m. Wednesday:
"We are currently in a Code Yellow lockdown as instructed by the Delta police. We may have to do a controlled release of students at the end of the day. Everyone is safe in the school. Please try to pick up your children from their regular class door at the end of the day. "
Delta School district spokesperson Deneka Michaud said the schools were shut down as a safety precaution.
"The Delta Police are investigating an incident in the area and it's not at any of the schools or directly affecting any of the schools or students," she said.
Ladner Pioneer Library was also closed until further notice.
The Emergency Response Team (ERT) was also on site with weapons drawn as TV news choppers circled overhead.
Police say the incident is still ongoing and updates will be made when information becomes available.