MURDER UPDATE: Suspects identified in Kamloops Murder Investigation

Kamloops, BC – The victim and suspected shooter in Saturday night’s murder were known to each other and to police, according to investigators.

On February 13, around 7:50 p.m., Kamloops RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Howard Johnson Motel on the 500-block of Columbia Street. When police arrived, they found a deceased man in his twenties, who had been shot in one of the rooms. The Serious Crime Unit was called in to take over the investigation.

So far, police have identified suspects and believe the act of violence to be related to the low-level drug trade. Police believe the homicide was targeted and there is no immediate safety concern to the general public.

RCMP Murder Investigation
RCMP Murder Investigation

The murder scene at the Howard Johnson, as well as two rooms at the Star Lodge, were held as part of the investigation to be searched by police teams including the Forensic Identification Services. Police are also conducting interviews and neighbourhood inquiries, and collecting any video footage that may be available.

Recently, the Kamloops RCMP Detachment has witnessed a steady increase in violence and disturbances associated to low-end drug dealers and debt collectors.

“Although the circumstances surrounding this murder are still under investigation, it’s the same type of violence we have experienced in Kamloops before, involving low-end participants of the illegal drug trade who use violence as a business practice,” said Serious Crime Sergeant, Nestor Baird.

“If you are involved in the drug trade at any level, now is the time to rethink the choices you are making and to reach out to other people and agencies that can help you leave that lifestyle behind,” he added.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, please contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-4173.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

File # 2021-4713

Kamloops RCMP

Update: 21-02-15/ 7:19 p.m.

Police looking for witnesses in murder investigation

The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is asking for the public’s help with its investigation into the murder of a man Saturday night.

On February 13, around 7:50 p.m., Kamloops RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Howard Johnson Motel on the 500-block of Columbia Street. When police arrived, they found a deceased man in his twenties, who had been shot in one of the units. The Serious Crime Unit was called in and has taken over the investigation.

Based on the preliminary information, police believe the homicide was targeted and related to the illegal drug trade. Police believe there is no immediate safety concern to the general public.

The murder scene at the Howard Johnson, as well as two rooms at the Star Lodge, are being held as part of this investigation to be searched by police teams including the Forensic Identification Services. Police are also conducting interviews and neighbourhood inquiries, and collecting any video footage that may be available.

“This homicide occurred early in the night at a time when many people are usually still awake,” said Constable Crystal Evelyn, a spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP. “If anyone saw anything suspicious at all that they think may be related to this investigation, please contact us right away. Maybe you saw someone hanging around the area who caught your eye, or maybe it was someone running away in a hurry around 8 p.m. when the call came in – if you think that something you heard or saw may be related, please let us know.”

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, please contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-4173.
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Kamloops RCMP

Original release

21-02-14: 4:54 a.m.

Kamloops City Detachment

February 14, 2021

File 2021-4713

On Saturday February 13th at 7:50 pm Kamloops RCMP responded to a shots fired call at the Howard Johnson Motel in the 500 block of Columbia Street in Kamloops, BC.

Upon attendance police found a male deceased in one of the units, and his death has been deemed a homicide. Based on the preliminary investigation this event appears to be targeted and related to the illicit drug trade.

The Serious Crime Unit has taken over this case, and along with members in Frontline Policing, they continue to collect evidence and information during these early stages of the investigation. There is currently no one in custody in relation to this shooting

As this was a targeted shooting the police believe there is not an immediate safety concern to the general public. They are asking that anyone who may have information in regards to the shooting to call the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers.

Kamloops RCMP



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