Police seek information in bizarre Kelowna handgun incident

A strange incident involving a man with a handgun unfolded in the Willow Park Church parking lot Nov. 4.
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KELOWNA - Police are looking for a man who allegedly pointed a gun at a pair of Okanagan residents and then offered to help them change a tire.

The strange incident happened Nov. 4 around 12:30 a.m. at the Willow Park Church parking lot at 439 Highway 33, states a release from the Kelowna RCMP. A Kelowna woman, 18, and a Vernon man, 22, were returning to the parking lot to retrieve the woman’s car.

When they pulled in, they saw a man near the entrance to the church. They then proceeded to the woman’s car and realized it had a flat tire. The Vernon man went to get tools from his vehicle to fix it, and when he turned around, saw the man from earlier standing only a few feet away, allegedly brandishing a handgun.

The suspect reportedly put the gun away after asking if the Vernon man was going to hit him with the tire iron.

“The suspect hung around while the two changed the flat tire, even offering to help at one point,” states the release.

The man continued to act erratically and allegedly brandished a knife at one point, but never otherwise threatened harm. Once the pair had changed the flat tire, the suspect apologized and walked away, headed westbound on Highway 33.

Neither the man nor the woman was injured during the bizarre isolated incident, according to police.

Kelowna RCMP would like to find the suspect, described as a Caucasian male with a heavy build. He called himself Damien and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark hoodie, baggy jeans and a flat-brimmed ball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kelowna RCMP Const. Angulo, at 250-762-3300, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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