Abbotsford standoff ends in fire and arrest

ABBOTSFORD — A standoff in Abbotsford ended Monday afternoon in a blaze and the arrest of a 35-year-old man.

Const. Jody Thomas, of the Abbotsford Police Department, said police went to the home at 10:30 a.m. to do a routine follow-up with the female occupant, who had been the victim of a recent domestic violence incident.

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Thomas said that when officers arrived at the home, they learned “the male that was involved in the investigation was in the residence.”

“We learned that he was in the house in breach of his conditions and we evacuated everyone to effect his arrest,” she said.

The woman, her 11-year-old child and the basement suite tenants were escorted from the home, at which point the man barricaded himself inside.

Police surrounded the residence and a crisis negotiator was called in.

Thomas said that at 1:50 p.m., the Emergency Response Team officers saw a window break and then saw smoke and fire inside the master bedroom.

“The lone barricaded male then exited the residence and was taken into police custody,” she said. “The male suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to hospital for treatment. ”

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service responded to the fire, which caused extensive damage to the house. u

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