Alleged gas station gunman remains in custody

52-year-old Olalla man who allegedly pulled a gun on a gas station employee and customer in custody

  • Dec. 20, 2018 1:30 a.m.

The man who allegedly pointed a gun at two people at a Keremeos gas station remains in custody.

Jeffrey Clifford Deakin is facing five charges related to the terrifying incident that took place Dec. 9 that saw a shotgun pointed at a employee and customer at the Hilltop Esso gas station.

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Deakin, 52, is charged with careless use or storage of a firearm; pointing a firearm; possess a firearm w/o licence or registration; occupying a vehicle knowing firearm, etc. present and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The incident happened during the early hours of Sunday morning around 6:45 a.m. when the man allegedly rammed his vehicle into another at the pump. Deakin allegedly pushed the parked vehicle so hard it rolled across the street and came to a stop on a berm.

When the owner and the employee of the gas station came out to see the commotion the man allegedly drove back and then pointed a gun out of his vehicle window before pulling the trigger at the pair.

The Olalla man remains in custody and is expected to appear in Penticton court sometime this week.

Deakin was involved in a police incident which caused Highway 3A to be closed for several hours at the end of November. At that time, the man was taken under the Mental Health Act and treated in hospital for an unknown period of time.

Cpl. Brian Evans of the Keremeos RCMP detachment said officers are not notified when people are released under the Mental Health Act.

Deakin is expected to return to court on Jan. 9, 2019.

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