Some scary moments for a female probation officer in Delta yesterday morning, in an incident that would be at home in a Hollywood film.
Acting Sgt. Sarah Swallow with the Delta police says patrol officers were called to the city’s probation office just after 11:30 am, to multiple reports of a hostage taking.
When they arrived, she says they learned a probation officer was being held at knife point in a locked office by a distraught 49-year-old woman.
“It was a terrifying incident I think for everybody involved.”
Swallow says officers were able to evacuate the building, and make contact with the woman through the door.
She says fearing for the safety of the hostage, they then breached the door, distracted the suspect and formed a “human shield” between the suspect and probation officer.
Swallow credits training with the incident ending with no one getting hurt.
“Whether you’re a new patrol officer, experienced patrol officer, or anywhere int he department we regularly train hostage rescue techniques, de-escalation techniques – both of which were useful in this case, and even decision making.”
Swallow says the hostage was evacuated and not physically hurt – but severely upset by the incident.
She says the suspect, who suffers from severe mental health issues, is now facing several charges, including two counts of assault with a weapon and a count of forcible confinement.