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Kelowna man injured in police-involved shooting finally appears in court

John Michael Aronson
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May 07, 2019 - 2:13 PM

KELOWNA - The Kelowna man injured earlier this year in a police-involved shooting at a CIBC parking lot will soon be in court to see if there’s enough evidence to go forward with a trial.

John Michael Aronson, who was confined to a wheelchair as a result of his run-in with RCMP,  is facing 18 criminal charges, including assault, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and driving while disqualified.

The yet-to-be-scheduled preliminary inquiry was discussed in court Tuesday. It will take place over three days, allowing 12 witnesses to tender testimony on the events of Jan. 21 and 22.

According to a press released issued in the aftermath of the incident by Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, RCMP responded to a road rage incident that involved the report of an alleged assault with pepper spray.

READ MORE: HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED

“That motorist and his passenger, who locked their doors and rolled up their windows, managed to escape with minor injuries only related to the slight exposure to the chemical spray,” said O’Donaghey.

The following day plain clothes officers sought the added support of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team to arrest Aronson. He was found outside the CIBC along the 2100 block of Harvey Avenue.

“Shots were fired by police and the male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries,” said the Independent Investigations Office in a press release that came out after the incident.

Aronson was known to police, and arrested in April of 2018 on numerous outstanding warrants relating to weapons and assault charges from an incident in September 2017.


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