A helicopter and multiple cruisers were used in the arrest of five people on Bann Street overnight.

The Merritt RCMP sent out a press release Thursday morning with some information.

“On May 27, Merritt RCMP received information from multiple sources that a local couple had been involved in at least two assaults recently,” the release says. “One of the assaults was said to have been committed with a firearm.”

Residents noticed a large police presence around 10p.m.

A search of the residence produced replica handguns, a shotgun with a homemade silencer, a large amount of ammunition, and an amount of narcotics.

“Based on the nature of the information and on the criminal activity history of the male suspect, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team was called in.”

No names will be given at the time, while the investigation is ongoing.