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Police in standoff with armed man at Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel By Staff Reporter, The Province Read more: http://

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An armed and distraught man is roaming around the second and third floors of Vancouver’s tony Fairmount Pacific Rim hotel in an armed standoff.

Police have shut down the streets around the area of Cordova and Burrard Streets as they negotiate with the man they say is known to them.

A Vancouver Police spokesman said the 28-year-old man is of South Asian descent and lives in Surrey. He has mental health issues, police said.Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, police received a 911 call about a man who walked into the hotel brandishing a handgun.

The man is moving between the second and third floors of the hotel, which contains common areas with banquet rooms.

Police are communicating with him using audio and video, but a police spokesman said little progress is being made towards ending the confrontation.

So far his only demand has been for water, police said.

Hotel guests have been able to leave the hotel with assistance from police since about 9 a.m.

More to come.

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An armed standoff that began at a Vancouver hotel early Monday was still ongoing as the morning rush was getting started.

The area around the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel is blocked to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, on Cordova Street between between Howe and Thurlow, as police negotiators work to "de-escalate the problem," said Vancouver Police Const. Brian Montague from outside the Waterfront Centre, where a command post has been set up.

Montague said a man, believed to be in his 20s, walked into the lobby of the hotel, brandishing a handgun at 2:30 a.m.

He remains in a "public" part of the hotel, not the guest floors, and remains armed, Montague said. It's unclear what the man wants and has only asked for water in the nearly five hours of the standoff.

"He's not talking a lot. We don't know why he's here," Montague said.

Officials believe they have identified the armed man, who may be known to police, but it has not been confirmed yet, said Const. Brian Montague around 8 a.m.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, is "distraught" but no shots have been fired, and there is "no threat to the general public," Montague said. He would not comment on whether drugs, alcohol or mental health issues played have played a role in the suspect's behaviour.

He confirmed officers have seen the gun but no shots have been fired and no injuries reported.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Pedestrians are able to access the Canada Place area by the underground foot path but no cars are getting through the blockade.

Hotel guests at the Pacific Rim will not be allowed to leave their rooms until the confrontation ends.

About 50 hotel housekeeping and kitchen staff are holed up in a conference room in the Fairmont Waterfront waiting to return to work. Police have cordoned off all areas north of Hastings Street between Granville and Howe streets.

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"Can you please come back down. eh?" - Canadian Cops.

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Yup my friend who's staying there texted me earlier. Glad no one has been hurt so far.

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"Can you please come back down. eh?" - Canadian Cops.

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Hopefully this comes to a peaceful non-violent conclusion and the guy gets the mental health help he sorely seems to need.

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He's been asking for water for 5 hours? Some give the guy some water!! Maybe trade it for his gun.

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I just came back from downtown.. place is a nightmare.. hopefully this gets resolved and nobody gets hurt.

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They're saying the standoff has ended, but haven't released any details yet.

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a big part of the downtown core was blocked off because of one gunman who was already surrounded in the hotel. the way the scene looked you'd think we were being attacked by a big group of terrorists. i counted atleast 50+ cops. your tax dollars at work.

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Seriously? You think they should have been out giving speeding tickets instead or something? How many people were killed? none? Then I'd say they handled it successfully and I don't care that they had 50 police around there or a 100. they served and protected and dealt with the situation successfully.

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a big part of the downtown core was blocked off because of one gunman who was already surrounded in the hotel. the way the scene looked you'd think we were being attacked by a big group of terrorists. i counted atleast 50+ cops. your tax dollars at work.

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Gunman off his meds in a hotel withing any injuries is a major win in my books. Can't please everyone - including people who don't plan ahead and are in a hurry or late.

Interestingly enough I wondered how this would have gone down in the states. Seems like this gunman would have been shot and killed. It's nice to see it work out this way in the end.

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