RCMP officers use tarps to cover possible evidence from the rain at an apartment building at Creston Avenue and Comox Street following a shooting in 2017. Western News file photo

Update: Warrant issued for Penticton man facing manslaughter charges

Sylvain Modeste Demers is wanted on a warrant

Update: Thursday, Dec. 13 12:30 p.m.

The Penticton man facing manslaughter charges and was wanted on a warrant was arrested.

Sylvain Modeste Demers appeared before a judge in Penticton provincial court on Thursday in the prisoners box, but was released shortly after under a recognizance.

The reasons for his release were under a publication ban.

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According to court documents, a warrant was issued at Penticton provincial court on Wednesday for a man facing manslaughter charges related to a shooting.

Charges were sworn for one count of manslaughter on Sylvain Modeste Demers in late October, related to the shooting that took place at a Creston Avenue apartment in 2017. Demers was released on a recognizance and was to abide by a number of conditions, the reasons given by the judge to allow his release are part of a publication ban.

Related: Bail given to man charged with manslaughter

RCMP were called to a residence around 10:30 a.m. on April 26, 2017 for shots being fired. Neighbours told the Western News that they heard a loud bang, screaming and then saw a man holding his stomach where he had been shot.

Related: Neighbour recounts shooting in Penticton

Randall Toews was found deceased and a suspect was taken into custody. He was later released by RCMP without charges, who commented at the time that it was an isolated incident, the parties knew each other and they did not feel the public was at risk.

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