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Young man in care following altercation

Vernon RCMP Spokesperson, Gord Molendyk, has confirmed a domestic assault involving a knife in the lower BX area of Vernon.

The altercation took place between a father and son on Sunday evening. The son is described as having significant mental health challenges and non-compliance issues with his medications.

"This is a family issue that involves a family member off his medication," said Molendyk during a telephone interview on Monday afternoon.  

The incident took place at the family home where both son and father reside full time.

It's not clear what specifically led to the assault, however, the father did sustain minor knife wounds during the exchange. He has since been treated and released from hospital for his injuries.

The knife is believed to have been tossed in the lower BX creek behind Wal-mart shopping centre.

RCMP called in Vernon Search and Rescue on Sunday evening to dredge the creek-bottom in the hopes of finding the weapon. The search was called off after sunset, and resumed briefly on Monday morning. 

The knife was not located, and there will not be any further recovery efforts. 

The son was arrested and is receiving medical attention to help stabilize his condition. Molendyk described the altercation as an unfortunate incident, and emphasized the need for medical treatment in this case.   

"It's up to the Crown to decide if there will be any charges, but the main focus is to try and get this young man some help," said Molendyk.  



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