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Man charged with attempted murder of three North Okanagan RCMP officers also charged in Merritt armed robbery

April 20, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A man charged with attempting to kill three RCMP officers after shooting at them in an incident that involved a car chase between Falkland and Westwold last December has been charged with committing an armed robbery in Merritt the day before.

Darwyn Allen Curtis Sellars, born 1988, is now facing charges of committing a robbery where a firearm is used, pointing a firearm, break and enter, and other weapons-related charges, following an incident in Merritt Dec. 2, 2019. Sellars is also facing other charges from another incident in Kamloops on the same day and has been charged with fleeing police, dangerous driving, and mischief under $5,000. Details of the incidents are unknown.

Both these incidents took place the day before Sellars deliberately shot at RCMP officers somewhere between Falkland and Westwold on Highway 97, Dec. 3, 2019.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP has released few details about the shooting incident only saying they received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Falkland area just before 8 a.m. Things escalated, shots were fired, and police used a spike belt to stop the vehicle Sellars was in outside of Westwold. Sellars was arrested along with Jennifer Patricia Singleton.

Court documents show that Sellars and Singleton were charged with the attempted murder of three RCMP officers.

Singleton, born 1981, was also charged in the December incident in Merritt and is facing charges for break and enter and occupying a vehicle knowing a firearm is present.

Sellars is also facing charges for assault with a weapon for an incident in Keremeos Nov. 29, 2019. He also has outstanding charges in Abbotsford and Williams Lake for breaching earlier probation orders.

According to the 100 Mile Free Press, Sellars was sentenced to 11 months jail in 2015, following an incident where police used tracking dogs and a helicopter to locate him in the bush outside 100 Mile House.

Sellars is currently in custody awaiting trial.

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