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Lumby murder investigated

Police are trying to determine the events that led to one person being found dead in a rural Lumby home and another one seriously injured.

On Thursday at 6:12 p.m., the RCMP received a report of a disturbance at a home in the 300 block of Trinity Valley Road. Found inside was the body of a 51-year-old Lumby woman and a man suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“There needs to be an autopsy to determine the cause of death,” said Const. Kris Clark, RCMP spokesperson, adding that the woman’s death is being considered a homicide.

“Officers are in the evidence gathering mode. We’re at the residence and doing a  forensic search.”

The man was transported by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital where, at press time, he remained in serious condition and was in police custody.

It’s believed the woman and man had been in a relationship for a brief period of time.

The age of the man has not been released.

“He’s been from Lumby over the last few years,” said Clark.

No one else was in the residence at the time of the incident, and asked if the call to police originated from the home, Clark said, “I can’t really get into specifics but it was a third party call (from outside of the home).”

Charges against the injured man will be recommended in consultation with Crown counsel.

As part of the investigation, the police are speaking to people living near the residence.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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