One arrested following police incident at Royal Inland Hospital

By James Peters / Chad Harris
March 9, 2017 - 10:40am Updated: March 9, 2017 - 6:05pm

KAMLOOPS — A man who caused a major police incident at Royal Inland Hospital today is in police custody.

The incident began at about 10 o'clock in the morning, when the distraught man barricaded himself inside one of the emergency department's rooms.

Officers responded and isolated the man, eventually putting an end to the situation just after the noon hour.

Kamloops RCMP Inspector Sunny Parmar says the man will remain in hospital, and once his medical outcome becomes clear, RCMP will decide whether charges are appropriate.

"Right now he is going to be treated first, to ensure his health and wellbeing," said Parmar.

While the incident was ongoing, RIH interim administrator Tracy Rannie says emergency patients had to enter the hospital through another entrance.

"We did have to divert patients from the emergency lot to over by the coffee shop, and triage patients through that side of the hospital. We were able to maintain operations. People just had to wait a little bit longer, but they were still being seen, and staff, visitors, and patients were being looked after," stated Rannie. 

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