Suspect has surrendered to police, says witness
© Derek Montague
An RCMP standoff occured on Saunders Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this afternoon. According to one witness, a male suspect surrendered himself around 2 p.m.
A police standoff took place at a residence on Saunders Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this afternoon (Feb. 4), shutting down part of the residential area for roughly two hours.
Several RCMP vehicles were seen on Saunders street earlier today. Two of the police vehicles blocked off a section of the street, forcing some residents to wait before they could return to their homes.
Around 1:30 pm, the RCMP’s Labrador District media liaison officer, Cpl. Rick Mills, confirmed to The Labradorian that there was a “situation” occurring on Saunders Street.
According to one Saunders street resident, the standoff ended just after 2 p.m. today, after the male suspect 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.
Another resident of Saunders Street claims that 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.” said the resident.
“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 still unclear if the person involved in the standoff was armed. Cpl. Mills said he was unavailable to give any details at this time.