Kamloops, BC – Frontline RCMP officers and Kamloops Fire Rescue crews deployed vessels onto the high fast moving waters of the South Thompson River in response to a very dynamic situation this afternoon involving a distraught male.
On May 22, 2020 at 11:46 a.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance inside a residence in the 2300-block of Valleyview Drive. The emotionally distraught young male subject involved in the altercation inside the home fled from that location as police arrived at the scene.
The 16-year-old boy reportedly took a row boat, from the dock of a river-front residence in Valleyview and entered out onto the waters of the South Thompson River. The teen was believed to be armed with an edged weapon, and was in possession of a hammer, which he allegedly used to damage the boat.
As a result of a coordinated response between various frontline and support units of the Kamloops RCMP, with the assistance of fire rescue crews on the water and a RCMP Air Services fixed wing air craft from above, the teen was eventually apprehended without further incident. CP Police also provided support to the RCMP as the event unfolded.
“Our police officers positioned themselves in strategic locations along the shorelines of the river as the event unfolded, while a specially trained negotiator was called upon to assist with speaking with the young man,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the RCMP Southeast District. “There was a significant amount of risk involved to not only the young male, but all first responders. We are thankful that no one was injured during this incident.”
Insp. Steve McLeod of the Kamloops RCMP adds, “We would like to thank the Kamloops Fire Department, BC Ambulance Services and CP Police for their significant contribution during this event.”
The boy was transported by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital for a full assessment. The police investigation is ongoing at this time.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
File # 2020-16548
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