Penticton RCMP officer fires two shots at fleeing couple

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Two people in their 20s were eventually taken into custody last week after fleeing from Penticton RCMP, but not before an officer fired two shots.

“Thankfully, neither my officers, nor the suspects were injured” said Superintendent Kevin Hewco, “This is a serious incident that is currently under investigation.”

At 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 21, a police officer attempted to stop and check a suspicious vehicle with two occupants in the area of Skaha Hills. RCMP said the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and was located a short time later on Yorkton Avenue. An officer followed the vehicle then made a second attempt at stopping it.

According to a press release issued by the Penticton RCMP, the vehicle fled again and was located by a lone officer when a collision occurred and that is when the officer fired the two shots.

RCMP said shortly after the incident, the vehicle was boxed in on Valley View Road by other officers and two other people. A 23-year-old female and 20-year-old male were taken into custody.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, a report will be forwarded to Crown Counsel for determination of charges. Anyone who witnessed the events  are requested to come forward to police to provide their information.


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