Four arrested after shots fired

A Vernon RCMP officer searches for suspects following reports of shots fired near Polson Park Tuesday morning.  - roger knox/morning star
A Vernon RCMP officer searches for suspects following reports of shots fired near Polson Park Tuesday morning.
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Four people are in police custody after a firearms incident in Vernon Tuesday.

Vernon RCMP received numerous reports of shots fired in the area of Polson Park at around 8 a.m.

“Our officers immediately set up containment in the area,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Witnesses reported there were multiple people involved and several shots fired. Our officers requested the assistance from our helicopter and our dog teams to search for suspects.”

One person, a Vernon man, was arrested and taken into custody near Polson Park.

Molendyk confirmed shots were fired but he was not aware of any firearm or firearms being found.

During the early stage of the investigation, RCMP in Kelowna were made aware of the events in Vernon from their counterparts.

That led police in Kelowna to keep an eye out for a suspect vehicle, a green Chevrolet Cavalier. It was spotted by officers in Kelowna on Highway 97 near Mills Road just after 11 a.m., then again just before noon by Kelowna plainclothes officers in the 1000 block of Glenmore Road.

Through a combined effort between the Kelowna RCMP street enforcement team, general duty patrol officers, RCMP air services and police service dogs, the vehicle was stopped and three individuals in the car were taken into police custody without incident.

The trio arrested are a 34-year-old Vernon man, a 23-year-old man from Surrey, and a 28-year-old Toronto woman.

All three suspects were arrested for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and remain in police custody.

There have been no reports of injuries relating to the gunshots. It is believed all parties are known to each other. The incident remains under investigation.


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