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Liquor store robbery

On Saturday, at about 8:30 p.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a robbery at the Big Daddy Liquor Store in the 1800 block of the East Trans Canada Highway.  

A male suspect entered the store and demanded money from employees and produced what is believed to be a handgun. The suspect then fled on foot, he discarded clothing as he ran from the business. The male also threw away the gun, it was discovered to be an imitation handgun. No one was injured during the incident.
Police Dog Services along with Kamloops RCMP members attended and established a perimeter and searched for the suspect.  
RCMP described the suspect as:

  • a thin native male
  • 6 feet tall
  • wearing a black long sleeve shirt with a white decal on the back
  • black pants
  • black ball cap with a white skull
  • wearing a copper coloured wig
  • sunglasses
  • black converse style shoes with a thick rubber white toe

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.


Fatal crash on Hwy. 1

A driver of a small pick-up truck is dead following a head-on crash with a semi early Thursday morning. The accident happened just after midnight.

RCMP say the pick-up truck was travelling eastbound on Highway 1 west of Pritchard, when it crossed over the centre line, colliding into an oncoming semi truck/trailer travelling westbound. 
The driver of the pick-up was the lone occupant, the driver of the semi was not injured. Both vehicles sustained significant damage and Highway 1 was closed for over four hours.
The BC Coroners Service, Pritchard Volunteer Fire Department, Chase RCMP and the BC Ambulance Service attended the scene.
The cause is not known, but speed, drugs and alcohol are not suspected. The name of the deceased has not been released.

Man drives over son

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after a father appears to have driven over his adult son. 

The father was apparently bringing his son to the hospital when a disagreement escalated and the 24-year-old man was struck by the vehicle as the father departed.

The son is being treated at Royal Inland Hospital for unknown injuries and the investigation is ongoing. 

Charges under the motor vehicle act may be considered.


Man dies after swim

A vacation for an elderly couple from Surrey took an unfortunate turn this weekend in Kamloops.

An 84-year-old man passed away after nearly drowning at Paul Lake on Saturday.

Kamloops RCMP say the man reportedly entered the water to cool off when he became unable to swim and his wife called for help.  

Nearby neighbours were able to remove the man from the water for medical assistance. He was then taken to Royal Inland Hospital by air ambulance, where he passed away later that same evening.

The death is not believed to be suspicious.

Brush fire in Kamloops

The Kamloops fire department and BC Forest firefighters were called into action on an aggressive brush fire near Westsyde Road Friday afternoon.

The report came in around 5 p.m. and BC Wildfire had 10 fire fighters head out there with the assistance of air tankers.

It was roughly a hectare in size and it was on a hillside behind some residential areas. 

Melissa Klassen with BC Wildfire said "it was a great effort by RCMP, BC Ambulance, Kamloops fire rescue and BC Wildfire. Our only assistance was laying retardant on the fire and in helping the mop up.  

The plume of smoke could be seen for several kilometres, but crews were able to quickly contain it. 

Within an hour or two the fire had calmed down.

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