Man In Custody After Barricading Himself In

November 15, 2017

[Updating] A large amount of police officers, fire and ambulance personnel are currently on scene in the Happy Valley area this morning [Nov 15] after a man “barricaded himself” in a building and is “said to have what is considered a harmful substance on his person and he’s threatening anyone coming in.”

Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines said, “At approximately 8.45am, police and first responders attended a report of an incident that took place at the old prison headquarters at Happy Valley.

Update 10.41am: Video of Mr Caines statement

“News is coming into us at this point that there is a man in his late sixties that has barricaded himself into that abandoned building.

“He is said to have what is considered a harmful substance on his person and he’s threatening anyone coming in with that harmful substance.

“In an abundance of caution, we have officers from various units within the Bermuda Police Service as well as Bermuda Fire and Rescue that are in position.

“The area around Happy Valley has been cordoned off and this right now is an active scene,” Mr Caines added.

The area is cordoned off with police tape, with traffic being restricted. Further details are limited at this time however we will update as able.

Update 11.31am: The police confirm that the man, believed to be 68-years-old, was “taken into police custody without incident.”

A police spokesperson said, “‎Around 8:30am today [Wednesday, November 15th[ police, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service personnel and ambulance personnel responded to a report of a man barricaded inside the old Prison Headquarters building on Happy Valley Road in Pembroke.

“Representatives from Government social services also attended the scene.

“The man in question, believed to be 68-years-old, was apparently in possession of a noxious substance and refused to leave the premises. As a result, police officers cordoned off the area as a precaution.

“The individual was later taken into police custody without incident and inquiries continue by police as well as the relevant Government social service agencies.”

“The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank the area residents of Happy Valley Road for their patience and cooperation.”

Update 11.57am: Audio comment from Mr Caines

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