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Updated: Police safely apprehend ‘distraught’ woman from a home in Squamish

After an incident that drew heavy law enforcement presence, the woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Content warning: This story deals with self-harm. 

Police say a woman suffering apparent self-inflicted injuries was safely apprehended in a home on Tantalus Road.

According to a news release, the Squamish RCMP received a report around noon on Tuesday, April 30, of an “apparently distraught woman suffering from serious injuries” at a residence on Tantalus Road.

Police responded to the incident in addition to the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT).

“Squamish RCMP were further supported by the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), RCMP Air Services, BC Emergency Health Services, Squamish Fire Rescue, and the District of Squamish,” reads a news release sent to The Squamish Chief from Staff Sgt. Kris Clark, a senior media relations officer with the RCMP.

“IERT eventually deployed into the home and apprehended the woman safely. She was treated on scene for apparent self-inflicted injuries and taken to a local area hospital for any [additional] treatment she might require. The Squamish RCMP thanks the neighbours and public for their cooperation in avoiding the area while police worked to safely resolve the situation.”

The Squamish Chief was on-scene for a portion of the incident, where multiple RCMP vehicles and an ambulance were seen, plus at least 10 officers and a couple of paramedics. 

Around 3:30 p.m., law enforcement officers and an ambulance were viewed leaving the area.

The District of Squamish asked local residents to shelter in place for a time. The RCMP noted in an earlier news release, sent around 1:30 p.m., that the police did not suspect the public was at risk during the incident.

If you are experiencing a health crisis, you can go to the emergency room at Squamish Hospital or call or text 988, the national suicide crisis helpline, or call 310-6789 (no area code needed), or the BC Mental Health Support Line:1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433.

Please note that this story has been updated as the situation unfolded.