KAMLOOPS — Updated: The Kamloops RCMP have cleared up the sequence of events that occurred at the Tournament Inn in Valleyview Saturday night.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says the suspect in the incident, 41-year-old Michael Shawn Boyer, threatened to shoot but did not fire his weapon at an RCMP officer.
This after the officer attempted to arrest Boyer, injuring himself during the process. Police have indicated the officer did fire his weapon.
Police have yet to locate Boyer. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Earlier: An RCMP officer has been released from hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries near the Tournament Inn early Saturday evening.
Kamloops RCMP say around 5:20 the officer noted a group of suspicious people in the parking lot and approached them to investigate. The officer then attempted to arrest one of the men, injuring himself in the process.
The suspect fled the scene, and police are still looking for the man who is described as a white man with brown hair, standing 6’1” and weighing about 180 lbs. Kamloops RCMP don’t know if the suspect went into a room at the Tournament Inn or if he left the area.
The officer, who was injured during the altercation, was taken to a local medical facility but has since been released.
A Valleyview resident who lives nearby said shortly after police arrived on scene, he heard two loud bangs as a police officer approached a room with his gun drawn.
He said the officer walked back down the staircase and took cover behind his police car before grabbing either a shotgun or rifle. Shortly after hearing the loud bang, more police arrived. Witnesses said RCMP officers could be seen with rifles.
Kamloops RCMP still have a perimeter set up around the hotel and are searching the area for the suspect. They are asking the public to avoid the area. Kelowna ERT is on scene at the Tournament Inn.
If you have any information about this incident please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
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