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Neighbours report hearing bangs near major police presence in Surrey

Last Updated Oct 30, 2018 at 11:23 am PDT

Police surround a home in the Cloverdale neighbourhood late in the evening on Monday, October 29. Bruce Claggett, NEWS 1130 Photo

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A standoff with police at a home in the area of 176th and 60th brought traffic in the area to a standstill Monday night as neighbours wondered what was happening.

Surrey RCMP confirm they were responding to a weapons complaint in the area late Monday, but didn’t confirm any other details.

A home in that area was surrounded by a number of police cars, including what appeared to be a heavily armed vehicle and an ambulance in the area.

“Well this is a very busy area, of course, at 176th and 60th, and it’s not just because traffic in the area was cordoned off,” NEWS 1130‘s Bruce Claggett described from the scene.

“We had at least a dozen marked police cars on the scene very quickly, and several unmarked vehicles, and a very specialized vehicle brought in that wasn’t used in the end. But all this just as two flash bangs were heard and neighbours start talking about what might be going on inside, after seeing a bunch of commotion inside and outside this two story home that was built in the 1960s.”

Neighbours tell NEWS 1130 police were trying to speak to whoever may be in the home, asking them to come outside.

They also reported hearing bangs in the area, but it’s not clear what the source of those bangs was.

“I was just trying to get my son to sleep and the first boom went off… I think it was like a compression grenade,” one neighbour told NEWS 1130.

When he made his way outside, the man says he eventually heard another go off.

A second neighbour described seeing police pointing guns around, adding he was frightened by what was going on.

Some witnesses say the home was a rental, and claim it was often frequented by police as well as people connected to drugs.

-With files from Bruce Claggett