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Takla Landing member recognized by RCMP for bravery in weapons incident

March 16, 2021  By Canadian Press

March 16, 2021 – A First Nations man in North Central British Columbia has been commended for his bravery after assisting RCMP in the arrest of an armed individual at Takla Landing more than two years ago.

Shayne West received recognition outside the Takla Landing detachment on Monday (March 15).

On Jan. 29, 2019, the Takla Nation public works staff member helped police with a call requesting assistance near a school where a man was discharging a rifle.

Attempts by police to convince the man to put down the firearm were not successful, and the individual reportedly, in turn, told police to shoot him.


West slowly approached the man and eventually convinced him to put the firearm down.

Officers apprehended the individual without incident.

“West’s courage in assisting our members in the apprehension of an armed individual aided in bringing this situation to a successful conclusion,” RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan said in a release.

“His actions and dedication to duty bring credit to himself and are in keeping with the highest standards of a Canadian citizen.”


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