Laura Baziuk | Email news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org
A stand off between police and a distraught man which kept roads closed around a downtown Vancouver hotel for ten hours this morning is finally over.
Vancouver Police say a 28-year-old Surrey man with mental health issues has been arrested following the lengthy standoff.
They did not identify him, but say he faces possible weapons charges.
The man had entered the Fairmont Pacific Rim around 2:30 a.m. bearing a gun, and police arrived and managed to contain him in a third-floor lobby.
Guests were told not to leave their rooms.
Police then say around 12:15, negotiators saw 'an opportunity' and fired a flash bang to distract the man.
Then they shot him in the leg with a plastic bullet.
He has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Most of the police tape covering much of the downtown core has been lifted.