Suspect in shootout to make first court appearance Monday

By Vanessa Ybarra / Greg Fry
October 28, 2017 - 2:36pm Updated: October 29, 2017 - 8:08am

KAMLOOPS — A man has been arrested and is facing an array of potential charges following a high-risk police pursuit Friday.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the incident began at around 6 a.m. when police were called out to an assault complaint at a North Shore home.

The address isn't being released to protect the identity of the victims.

The investigation led police to a home on Nanaimo Street where a 35-year-old suspect from Kamloops who is known to police was believed to be located.

While speaking with police the man threatened to shoot them.

He then grabbed a long gun and fled the scene in his truck.

The Kelowna Emergency Response Team, who was already in Kamloops for a separate unrelated matter, was called in for backup.

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Police managed to catch up with the suspect in the Mount Paul Industrial Area where the suspect fired four shots at police both inside his truck and when stopped outside his vehicle.

Police returned fire with no police or bystanders injured in the shootout.

The pursuit continued into the G & M Trailer Park off Highway 5.

The Emergency Response Team used their armoured vehicle to disable the suspect's truck who had managed to escape by then.

Another exchange of gunfire occurred between the suspect and police in the trailer park with the suspect then barricading himself in his trailer at around 10:30 a.m.

Trailer park residents were told to lock their trailers for safety while another ERT team was dispatched from the Lower Mainland.

Residents of the trailer park were evacuated once the Lower Mainland team arrived.

A negotiation team began to work with the suspect with Shelkie calling the interaction 'very tense'.

She adds the suspect made several explicit threats to police and discharged his rifle within the home.

However by 4 a.m. the suspect surrendered without incident and is now in police custody.

Several serious charges are pending while the Kamloops Serious Crime Unit continues their investigation.

Police do not believe anyone was injured in the incident.

The man's name has not been released.

He'll make his first court appearance Monday.

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