UPDATE, 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
As of Wednesday morning, the Trans-Canada Highway has reopened, but with two single-lane alternating traffic zones. One is six kilometres east of Revelstoke, the other is 25 kilometres west of Golden.
There is an elevated police presence in Revelstoke tonight as the RCMP search for a suspect in the shooting of an RCMP officer near Golden earlier this afternoon.
According to the RCMP, the vehicle in which the suspect fled was located about three kilometres east of Revelstoke on Tuesday evening. This set off a search for the suspect or suspects in the area just east of Revelstoke, including the Greeley and Johnson Heights areas.
Revelstoke RCMP Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky is quoted as saying they are searching for a suspected murderer from Saskatchewan, although he did not provided the name of the individual, other thank to say there is a warrant out for his arrest. He did say police are not sure the man involved in the shooting of an RCMP officer today and the Saskatchewan man are in fact the same person.
At about 9:45 p.m. the Revelstoke Mountaineer witnessed a large RCMP Emergency Response Team armoured vehicle heading up the Eastern Access Road towards the Trans-Canada Highway.
At the Revelstoke RCMP Detachment, several officers with full body armour were seen entering the building around 10 p.m.
Just before midnight, a pair of motorists heading westbound from Golden said the RCMP were stopping and searching all vehicles at a checkpoint about five kilometres east of Revelstoke on the Trans-Canada. Police said they were searching for extra passengers.
A large armoured SWAT-type truck just went up Townley street towards the Trans-Canada in Revelstoke
— Revelstoke Mtneer (@RevelstokeMTNR) October 12, 2016
The Trans-Canada remains closed in the Revelstoke area. DriveBC is not offering an estimated opening time at this point, but has been updating the status every two hours.
The incident has left many stranded in Revelstoke, or on the highway. The lucky ones milled around Tim Hortons or other late-night fast food restaurants by the highway. Others told the Mountaineer they spent more than six hours waiting on the highway before they moved.
RCMP are releasing little information about the search. The Revelstoke Mountaineer has placed multiple calls to RCMP spokespersons but hasn’t received a reply. At the Revelstoke detachment, officers there were not available to answer media questions.
Do you have news tips on this unfolding situation? Contact the Revelstoke Mountaineer at 250-814-8710 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.