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Suspect released in Penticton bear spray incident

May 23, 2019 - 3:02 PM

PENTICTON - The suspect in a bear spray incident at a Penticton shelter earlier today has been released from custody.

RCMP say emergency crews were called to a report of bear spray deployed within the confines of Penticton’s Compass House shelter at 123 Nanaimo Ave. East this morning, May 23.

Six people inside were found to have been affected by residual bear spray in the air, with no one had been directly sprayed.

RCMP spokesperson Const. James Grandy said in a press release the man responsible called 911 to turn himself in, and was later arrested by police.

Grandy says the man told police he was trying to defend himself from unknown individuals at the time of the incident.

He said the man was later released as no direct victim in the incident was identified.

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