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UPDATE: Comox Valley man arrested after reported assault

UPDATE: A 43-year-old Comox Valley man is in custody and is facing charges after RCMP were contacted about an assault in Cumberland.

Comox Valley RCMP responded to the report and went to a residence on the 2600 block of Rydal Avenue Sunday at around 7 a.m.

Police say when they arrived a man at the residence indicated he had weapons and possibly firearms and refused to surrender or leave the residence.

The Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team and crisis negotiators were also called to the scene.

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RCMP say the negotiators worked with the man for several hours before he presented himself outside the residence and was arrested.

“We would like to thank the residents of Cumberland for their patience and understanding as this situation unfolded, especially those directly impacted,” said Comox Valley RCMP Cst. Monika Terragni. “We’d also like to thank the citizens who dropped off water and snacks for our officers at the scene.”

Comox Valley RCMP are asking that the public avoid posting photos of their officers during these ongoing situations.

Police say posting photos of officers’ locations could place lives at risk and prevent a situation from being resolved.

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UPDATE: Comox Valley RCMP say the incident on Rydal Avenue in Cumberland has ended safely.

Comox Valley RCMP are telling people to avoid the 2600 block of Rydal Avenue in Cumberland because of an ongoing police incident at a residence in the area.

Police say the general public is not considered to be at risk and the incident is confined to this residence.

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