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Night of drinking and shooting pigeons ends in police standoff

A 40-year-old Langley man was arrested in a police standoff after a night of drinking and shooting pigeons turned violent for his son and wife on Tuesday evening.

Police were called just prior to 8 p.m. by a relative, who told police a 12-year-old boy and his mom had been assaulted at a rural home in the 21900 block of 64 Avenue.

The initial investigation suggests three adult family members had been home consuming alcohol and shooting pigeons with a pellet gun, said Cpl. Holly Marks.

It's alleged the 40-year-old suspect and his 12-year-old son wandered away on the rural property and the young boy was shot in the hip from a pellet gun, said Marks. The boy had the pellet removed later that evening.

The boy’s mother became upset and confronted her husband who then assaulted her, said police.

He then left the pellet gun behind and walked back into his home.

The remainder of his family left the property and called police.

But Langley RCMP were told there may be other firearms in the house. Out of an abundance of caution, several neighbouring homes were evacuated and the Emergency Response Team came out to deal with the man.

The ERT negotiator established a rapport with the man and the suspect exited without incident around 10 p.m.

Langley's Investigational Support Team has assumed conduct of the investigation and will attempt to determine the circumstances surrounding the discharge of the firearm, said Marks.

Langley RCMP Client Support and Victim Services will be following up with family members to ensure they receive any and all necessary support/referrals.

The suspect remained in custody until this morning. The details have been provided to Crown Counsel who will determine the appropriate charges.

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