Penticton police chase results in shots fired

An RCMP police chase in Penticton last night, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 resulted in shots fired.

PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP have two suspects in custody after a police incident involving shots fired in Penticton yesterday, Thursday, Jan. 21.

Penticton RCMP police spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth reports at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, a Penticton RCMP officer attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle with two occupants in it in the Skaha Hills area south of the city.

The vehicle fled at high speeds and was later located on Yorkton Avenue, and followed prior to a second attempt being made to stop it.

The vehicle raced away once more, and was subsequently located by a lone officer, when a collision occurred. The officer fired two shots, and the vehicle sped away, only to be boxed in by other officers a short distance away on Valleyview Road.

Two people, a 23-year-old woman and 20-year-old man were taken into custody.

Penticton police Superintendent Kevin Hewco said he was thankful neither officers nor suspects were injured.

“This is a serious incident that is currently under investigation,” he said.

A report of the incident is being forwarded to Crown Counsel to determine charges to be laid.

Anyone who witnessed any events in this incident is asked to come forward to police to provide their information.

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