Update: the suspect has been arrested and the public advisory is lifted. Read the full update here

Quebec provincial police (SQ) is warning the public about an armed suspect posing an “imminent threat” in Stoke, a small community located in the Estrie region.

In a series of tweets sent around 9:20 p.m., the SQ described the male suspect as 6 foot 1, 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. 

Police are asking people to avoid the area of Stoke.

Residents are being asked to lock their doors and stay away from windows, or leave the area if they can do it safely.