Penticton cops shot at during impaired driving stop

Cop car riddled with bullets

A drunk driving stop turned into a shooting incident for Penticton police early Tuesday morning.

On June 28, shortly after 1 a.m., officers were conducting an impaired driving investigation at Peach Rock Road and Green Mountain Road.

As the traffic stop proceeded, a red SUV arrived driving west on Green Mountain Road.

Soon afterwards, shots were fired, appearing to originate from the SUV, at the officers.

The officers took cover and watched as the SUV continued westbound. One police vehicle was left "riddled with bullets," according to RCMP Const. James Grandy.

“Thankfully, none of our officers or nearby residents and pedestrians who were outside at the time were injured,” Grandy said.

“This was a very clear disregard for police and public safety. It further highlights the dangers our frontline officers are facing each day while serving our communities.”

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki published an official statement online:

“The idea that someone would open fire on RCMP officers conducting a vehicle stop is simply unfathomable.

“I’m extremely grateful that no officers or members of the public were injured in this attack. Penticton residents and visitors need to feel safe and our RCMP officers are our frontline of defence. This was a reckless and unprovoked attack and these people need to be caught and brought to justice.

“I ask that anyone with any information on this brazen activity immediately contact the RCMP so the perpetrators can be caught.”

Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information related to this incident.

If you witnessed this incident, or have any other information, you’re 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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