UPDATED: Police in standoff with man carrying axe in East Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

We’re hearing from police now about a standoff that has closed Main Street at East 51 Avenue in Vancouver.

Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham says it started after 8:30 a.m. with reports of one man chasing another man down the street with an axe.

The alleged victim took off, and he says the suspect went into a home at 51 Avenue where police think he remains.

“At this point we believe this man, that we believe was in possession of the axe, is the lone occupant inside the home. We no longer believe there is anybody in the home that are at risk, or this man poses a danger to.”

Fincham says there were other people in the home that the suspect is familiar with who were quickly evacuated.

He says it doesn’t appear gang related.

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