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Charges recommended in downtown Kamloops shooting

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January 02, 2018 - 4:21 PM

KAMLOOPS - Charges are being recommended against a Kamloops man after another incident of shots fired in the city.

Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels says in a news release today, Jan. 2, that police responded to the 100 block of Columbia Street the evening of Dec. 29 for a report of a man with a gunshot wound.

Police found a 40-year-old Kamloops man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Michels says RCMP used a police dog to track the victim to the scene of the shooting, which was a unit within a building at 110 Columbia Street. Police made contact with the occupants but not all of them were cooperative.

Police ended up using the RCMP's Emergency Response Team and eventually two people inside the unit were arrested.

Michels says as a precaution, some units in the building were evacuated and traffic was temporarily diverted from the area.

On Dec. 30, police executed a search warrant at the scene of the shooting, and those who were originally arrested at the scene were released without charge. Police identified a suspect at that time.

Michels says police located and arrested 25-year-old Brandon Dale Fiddick on New Year's Eve. He is currently facing charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.

Fiddick is of no fixed address and is known to the Kamloops RCMP, Michels says. The incident is considered drug related.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay, who heads the detachment's serious crimes unit, emphasizes the seriousness of gun-related incidents.

"The use or display of illegal firearms by people engaged in crime is treated as a top priority for enforcement in Kamloops," Pillay says. "In this case, investigators from General Duty, the Police Dog Service, Serious Crime Unit and the Emergency Response Team were all deployed to advance our investigation. Introducing a firearm to any situation like this will result in an assertive police response, thorough investigation and serious criminal charges."

The investigation is ongoing.


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