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Woman killed, man arrested following 8 hour police standoff in Vancouver

11/09/2014 01:33 EST | Updated 01/09/2015 05:59 EST
Vancouver police have arrested a man in connection with the homicide of a woman found inside a home on Vancouver's West Side.

The man was arrested Sunday morning following an eight-hour long police standoff after barricading himself inside a residence near West 23rd Avenue and Balaclava Street.

Police spokesperson Const. Brian Montague says police received a 911 call at about 8:30 p.m. PT Saturday after a body was found in the home.

"The body was discovered by a relative of the deceased," said Montague. "Our emergency response team and some negotiators arrived at the home because the suspect was still on scene and had barricaded himself inside the house."

Montague says the man was arrested shortly before 5 a.m. PT Sunday after coming out of the house, but police had to fire a round from an Arwen gun because he was non-compliant. The Arwen gun fires a plastic projectile.

Man lit small fires inside home

The man was checked over by paramedics and medically cleared, said Montague.

He says police have dealt with the man before.

"During the standoff, there was some indication there may be some mental health issues here," he said.

"That’s something we’ll be looking into through the course of the investigation. My understanding is there were some small fires lit inside the house."

Montague says police are recommending a murder charge which could be laid later today or tomorrow.

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