Allen Dean, a Blackfalds resident said there was heavy police presence in his neighbourhood Wednesday morning. Residents were asked to stay in their basements and to lock their doors. Contributed photo
RCMP say there is no threat to the public due to an earlier incident in Blackfalds.
Town residents were asked to avoid a certain residential neighbourhood because of an ongoing police matter earlier Wednesday.
The town was urging people to stay away from the Lansdowne and Briarwood area (the Rolling Hills Neighbourhood) until further notice.
Town of Blackfalds tweeted around 10:35 a.m. asking public to stay away from the area as the police investigation continues.
UPDATE: The RCMP has informed us that there is no further risk to the public but are asking that residents continue to stay away from the area as the police investigation continues.
Residents are asked to avoid the Lansdowne and Briarwood area (Rolling Hills Neighbourhood) due to a police matter.For residents of the area, police are advising that you lock your doors and stay in your basements.We will notify the public when police have advised otherwise.
Allen Dean, who lives at the corner of Briarwood Crescent and Lansdowne Ave., said he woke up and went out for a smoke a little after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and he saw police officers, police cars and the streets blocked off.
“There were at least four to five driving around, but the back alley right outside our house there was a police officer with what looked like an assault rifle (probably) guarding the main entrance,” he said.
The resident saw a social media post asking residents to stay indoors and lock their doors, he said, adding, his son, his girlfriend, and his mom were home with him.
After the mass shooting in Nova Scotia, the incident seemed “freaky” he said adding he saw social media comments about gunshots, but he didn’t hear any.
“Usually when this stuff goes on, people just say ‘stay away from the area,’ but they took a little more drastic measures of telling everyone to stay in their basements, it seems real.”
Dean saw a post asking residents to stay in their basements and to lock their doors.