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Two arrested after shots fired at Penticton Mounties

March 20, 2021 - 11:23 AM

Penticton Mounties were allegedly shot at Saturday morning while attempting to stop a suspected stolen vehicle.

An officer conducting a pro-active patrol on March 20, just after midnight, near Lower Moorpark and West Bench Hill Drive, saw a truck and trailer pulling an SUV. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, RCMP said in a press release, but the driver instead, sped away.

Soon thereafter, RCMP said officers located the trailer parked at the side of the road with the now confirmed stolen SUV attached. Another officer patrolling the area located the suspected truck seen earlier pulling the trailer. Upon trying to have it pull over, it continued at a high rate of speed, west up Green Mountain Road.

"Officers later located the suspect truck on Green Mountain Road, and upon approaching it, several gunshots were fired in the direction of the officers," Const. James Grandy said in a press release. "It then drove away, continuing to be pursued by officers at a safe distance, up Farleigh Lake Road, west of Penticton, where it momentarily stopped, and then reversed into an officer’s vehicle, disabling it. The pursuit of the truck ceased at that time."

With assistance from several specialized RCMP support teams, including the Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services, and Air Services, two suspects were located and safely taken into custody.

"We have many resources actively deployed to Penticton, and will remain on scene as our investigation continues,"  Const. Grandy said. "No members of the public were injured, nor any of the officers involved, suffered any serious injury. Additionally, there's no indication of any ongoing risk to the public related to this incident".

If you witnessed this incident, or have any other information, you are asked to call the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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