New Westminster police arrest man after rifle carried into Royal Columbian Hospital

New Westminster police have arrested a man after someone carried a rifle into Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on Tuesday night.

According to police, officers received reports of a man with a rifle in the area of Sapperton Station around 10:20 p.m.

Police said it was reported that the man may have been trying to sell the rifle, and that he may also have entered the hospital via a parking garage, sparking a lockdown.

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The man, who has not been named because no charges have been laid, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 11:55 p.m.

He was transported to cells and the major crime unit has now taken over the investigation.

“A report of this nature is something we take very seriously. We devoted numerous resources during the initial call for service, and for the investigation that followed,” Sgt. Jeff Scott said in a release. “There is no public safety concern at this time, as we have the male in-custody who is alleged to have been carrying the firearm. We are thankful for this safe outcome, and our investigation is on-going.”

The suspect remains in custody.

Fraser Health said the incident resulted in access to the hospital being restricted from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

“Occasionally, we must restrict access to a hospital to ensure the safety and security of staff, patients and the public,” a spokesperson told Global News.

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The New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) said its officers and Transit Police set up a containment area around the hospital, and were joined by support from the Surrey and Coquitlam RCMP along with a dog squad.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-5252-5411, or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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