Olsen St and Oyen also blocked off as police deal with an unfolding event in west Red Deer. (Paul Cowley photo).

UPDATE: Report of man armed with firearm in Oriole Park turns out to be false

Residents urged to stay away from Oyen Crescent area

Police swooped into Oriole Park on Wednesday morning after getting what turned out to be a false report of a man armed with a firearm.

At 10:22 a.m., Red Deer RCMP were called to a home on Oyen Crescent after getting the firearm call.

Almost a dozen police vehicles were on scene at one point and all roads and alleys in were blocked. Spike belts were laid at each end of Oyen Crescent, which was closed off by patrol cars.

The nearby Oriole Park School was placed in hold and secure as an added precaution.

Around noon, about half a dozen officers went inside a home on the street but soon left. A man who had been inside came out at a short time later and was taking his own photos of all of the action with his cellphone.

RCMP continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this false report to police, which has become a public mischief investigation.

RCMP plan to issue an update if charges are laid.

Police thanked residents of Oriole Park for their understanding and patience during this disruption and for following police instructions to ensure everyone’s safety.

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