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Prince George man arrested after police incident on Spruce Street

Eric West taken by RCMP a second time in three months

A Prince George man arrested from a drug bust back in June has been taken into custody once again by RCMP.

Police responded to information yesterday afternoon (Sept. 17) about a man with an outstanding warrant for his arrest hiding inside a home on 1900 block, Spruce St., where officers and members of the North District RCMP’s Emergency Response Team were stationed at for several hours.

At 5:30 p.m., Eric West surrendered and Spruce Street was eventually reopened around 8 p.m. once police ended their investigation.

Mounties also evacuated nearby homes as a precaution.

The 39-year-old was wanted on charges that included:

  • Extortion
  • Attempted kidnapping
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose 

West was also arrested in June after police conduct a search under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act at a Spruceland area home as part of an on-going drug trafficking investigation.

This stemmed from a shooting that took place on 2200 block, Quince St. in early April, which also led to an investigation at a home on Tamarack Street later that month.

Prince George RCMP are thanking the public for their patience with yesterday’s Spruce Street closure.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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