Man in custody after common-law partner found dead

A Penticton man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his common-law wife.

Police tape surrounds a home in the gated community of Sandbridge on South Main Street Tuesday afternoon following an early-morning shooting that left a woman dead and her common-law husband in custody.

Police tape surrounds a home in the gated community of Sandbridge on South Main Street Tuesday afternoon following an early-morning shooting that left a woman dead and her common-law husband in custody.

A Penticton man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his common-law wife.

Police were called to a home in the gated-community of Sandbridge in the 3300 block of South Main Street just after midnight Tuesday, where the man was arrested without incident.

“There is not a whole lot I can say. There is very limited detail at this point,” said Cpl. Annie Linteau, E division media relations officer. “The person has yet to be charged, therefore we are not going to be releasing any details on him at this point.”

One neighbour in the community of Sandbridge said he didn’t know much about the couple as they had been living there for less than a year, but said he believed the man was a retired RCMP officer.

RCMP have secured the scene and it will be processed by members of the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section. An autopsy on the 55-year-old victim, whose name is not being released pending notification of her next of kin, will take place on Wednesday in Penticton. The name of the 56-year-old suspect is not being released pending charge approval.

Members of the Penticton RCMP General Investigation Section are continuing their investigation.