Vernon shooting, Penticton carjacking and fatal shooting in Nanaimo linked

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The alleged shooter, who was described as Caucasian, five-feet-nine-inches tall with blond hair, was seen leaving in a grey, 1996 Ford Crown Victoria that had a sticker in the lower passenger-side rear window.

Police have released more information about a fatal police-involved shooting that took place at the Nanaimo ferry terminal on Vancouver Island, and how it is connected to a shooting in Vernon and a carjacking in Penticton.

Later that same day, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Penticton RCMP were called to a motel on Westminster Avenue after a report of a man with a gun. His description matched that of the shooter in Vernon. The man fled before officers arrived.

A person driving a bluish-grey Pontiac Vibe reported that a man matching the description of both previous incidents asked for a ride to the hospital to see a sick family member.

"The man was seen in possession of a high-visibility vest and matched the description of the suspect in the Vernon shooting", said Sgt. Janelle Shoihet.

Once inside, the driver had been assaulted and forced from the vehicle about 2 kms away on Main Street.

"The vehicle was stopped by police and a takedown was initiated as the male disembarked from the ferry", said police. He suffered serious injuries and later died.

A short while later, at 8:46 p.m., Penticton RCMP received a report of a carjacking in the 100 block of Maple Street.

Less than 24 hours later, police killed the suspect during an attempted arrest as he drove off a boat at the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

The owner of the auto, a blue-grey Pontiac Vibe, told police what the man looked like, and it matched the description of the suspect. The male exited the vehicle, with what police believed was a firearm, and shots were fired resulting in the male sustaining serious injuries.

IIO BC will now assume conduct of the investigation into the police-involved shooting to see if there is any link between police actions and the man's injuries. "Our priority at this time is to speak with witnesses without providing information that may taint their perception of what transpired".

Anyone in the Okanagan Valley who spotted the 1996 Grey Ford Crown Victoria with B.C. Licence Plate DR2 58M is asked to get in touch with Vernon or Penticton RCMP.