Police apprehend person 'of interest' in Kamloops Walmart threat

By Greg Fry
November 14, 2017 - 3:21pm

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops RCMP have spoken to 'a subject of interest' in relation to Monday's online threat at Walmart.

The threat, which was later determined to be a hoax, forced the evacuation of Walmart just after 12:00 p.m.

"Yesterday we spoke to a subject of interest that we believe is involved in some manner to the threats that were posted online," says Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. "We've executed a search warrant at their residence and seized a lot of electronic devices. So, now it will be quite a lengthy process, but we'll be analyzing what was on the electronics that we seized from there to see if we can link this person to the threats that were made."

She adds "charges are possible."

"Obviously, if he's the person that wrote the threat, then uttering threats under the Criminal Code and we'll go from there. We'll have to see if there's evidence there first."

Shelkie laments the fact the threat took police officers away from their regular duties.

"That's a resourcing issue in that people who are calling with legitimate emergencies to the RCMP aren't having officers attending in a timely manner because we're at this false alarm. And until we could prove it was a false alarm, we had to have those officers there. It's a dangerous thing for a community when people do this type of thing. It seriously affects the police department, and from there, the community."

The person of interest, who is from Kamloops, won't be named unless charges are laid.

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