Police race to the scene in SUVs and an armoured truck. (Tracy Holmes photo)

‘Distraught-person’ report ended with discovery of body: Surrey RCMP

‘No safety concerns for the general public’ following Thursday afternoon incident

Police that responded en masse to a South Surrey property Thursday afternoon arrived to find the individual of concern already dead.

“We originally got a call for a suicidal person,” Const. Elenore Sturko said Friday. “When we got there, the person was deceased already.”

Police were alerted to a distraught person in the 1300-block of 176 Street around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and multiple police vehicles were dispatched, including an armoured truck.

Sturko said the significant police presence was due to the “indication a firearm could be present.”

She would not say if a weapon was recovered from the scene.

Further details regarding the incident or individual will also not be disclosed, Sturko said.

At the scene Thursday, attention was focused on a property with greenhouses, located on the east side of 176 Street, and police – noting reports of a suicidal man walking around with a rifle – were advising members of the public to avoid the area or stay inside.

Traffic along 176 Street was closed in both directions between 8 and 16 Avenues, and drivers were told to plan alternate routes.

The area was reopened to traffic by 6 p.m. Thursday, and police assured there were “no safety concerns for the general public.”

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Multiple police units respond to the 1300-block of 176 Street Thursday afternoon. (File photo)

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