Fireworks dispute sparks police standoff 0
Police say a dispute over the lighting of fireworks led a man to threaten his neighbours with a boxcutter late Monday night. (FILE PHOTO QMI AGENCY)
A neighbourhood dispute over the lighting of fireworks led to an overnight standoff with Burnaby police that ended with no injuries in the early hours of Christmas Eve.
Burnaby police said officers were called to the 3800 block of Marine Drive at 11:40 p.m. Monday night after reports of a man threatening people. Police arrived to find an intoxicated man threatening to harm people with a boxcutter, police said.
The man then barricaded himself in a bathroom, saying he was going to harm himself, police said.
“It was a neighbourhood dispute over someone setting off fireworks that escalated,” said Burnaby Sgt. Dwayne Beckerleg.
The Emergency Response Team was called in, Beckerleg said, and officers spent about three hours trying to calm the man before he finally came out unharmed. The man was taken to hospital, where he will receive a psychiatric assessment, said Beckerleg.