Surrey RCMP responded to reports of an armed suspect who entered the TD bank at 136th Street and 72nd Avenue around 8:30 a.m.
Witnesses said customers and staff were able to leave safely, but for hours, police tried to make contact with the suspect, holed up inside the bank.
Shortly before 2 p.m., the emergency response team entered the building.
Thirty minutes later, a suspect was taken into custody.
Local businesses and Newton Wave Pool and the local bus loop were shut down for several hours as a safety precaution.
The area is expected to re-open for traffic in time for the evening rush hour.
Witnesses watched scene unfold
Much of the area had been closed off with police tape, and additional police resources have been called in.
Massood Joomratty watched the scene unfold from his office window.
“We’re okay, we’re okay. It’s not easy to see inside. But still, we are keeping ourselves safe. We have locked our doors.”
Live RCMP and CKNW updates throughout the day:
We remain on scene at bank in Newton with perimeter to ensure public safety. Initial reports indicate all staff and customers evacuated.— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) February 16, 2016
Road closures remain in effect due to police incident 136 st/72 ave. We will provide an update as soon as possible.— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) February 16, 2016
We are responding to a police incident in the 13600 block of 72 ave. Road closure in effect. Will update when we have more info.— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) February 16, 2016