Story by Rebecca Dyok,

A lockdown was quickly lifted this afternoon (Wednesday) at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake after reports of a man inside, armed with a knife, were determined to be false.

North District RCMP media relations Corporal, Madonna Saunderson said a lockdown was initiated at around 2:08 pm.

“Frontline responders from Williams Lake immediately attended the hospital to conduct a search and located an adult male outside of the hospital,” she said.

“The male attempted to flee from the police and after a short foot chase the 26-year-old Williams Lake man was arrested.”

Through the investigation, Saunderson said it was determined the man did not have a knife as originally reported.

“However his behaviour was medically related and not criminal in nature.”

No one was injured.