KAMLOOPS - Police are looking for an “armed and dangerous” suspect after an altercation at the Tournament Inn in Valleyview that sent one police officer to hospital.
Yesterday, Nov. 4, officers surrounded the Tournament Inn on the East TransCanada Highway and Frontage Road at approximately 5:20 p.m. Police investigated the hotel and area after an alleged altercation between Michael Shawn Boyer, 41, and a police officer, according to a Kamloops RCMP news release.
"The officer noted a group of suspicious people in the parking lot and approached them to investigate," said Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in the release. "This led to an attempt to detain a male suspect."
While attempting to detain the suspect he allegedly became violent and a struggle began. During the altercation police say Boyer produced a handgun so the officer reportedly pulled his sidearm and shots were fired and the suspect fled the scene.
Police do not know if the suspect went into a room at the Tournament Inn or if he left the area. In order to catch Boyer, Shelkie said the police are keeping a perimeter to stop people from entering or leaving the area as they look for the suspect.
"This situation is very fluid as the suspect has not been located yet," said Shelkie.
During the alleged incident an unnamed police officer suffered a non-life-threatening injury but he was not shot, police say. He was taken to a local medical facility but has since been released.
Kamloops RCMP have set a perimeter around the hotel and are searching the area for the suspect. They are asking the public to avoid the area. Kelowna’s Emergency Response Team is on scene at the Tournament Inn.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay says Boyer is considered armed and dangerous. He’s described as a Caucasian male, 6’1”, 180 lbs., with a buzzed haircut.
If you have any information about this incident please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000. If you see Boyer do not approach him, call 911.
Drive B.C. did not report any highway closures due to the police incident.
It was the second major incident involving police yesterday in the Tournament Capital.
Earlier Nov. 4, at approximately 10:15 a.m. the Kamloops RCMP were notified about a firearm being discharged at an apartment building at 805 Holt Street. The incident sent one man to the hospital and two were taken into police custody.
To read more about that incident, click here.
— This story was updated at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017 with an image and additional information from the Kamloops RCMP.
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