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Emergency Response Team deploys after shots fired in Merritt

RCMP in Merritt BC is now investigating after a man allegedly discharged a firearm during an apparent neighbour dispute Saturday evening in Kane Valley south of the Nicola Valley city.

On Jan. 9, just before 8 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call after a Sun Valley resident allegedly fired a non-restricted firearm towards a neighbouring residence during a dispute. The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was immediately deployed to Merritt to assist, while front line officers responded to the scene to assess the situation.

Our local front line officers worked quickly to tactically extract a man and a woman from the home that had been fired upon, said Sgt. Josh Roda of the Merritt RCMP. The pair were unable to safely escape from the potential danger on their own.

Merritt RCMP was aided in their extraction by front line officers of both Central Interior Traffic Services and the Kamloops RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit each a part of the BC RCMP Traffic Services, who also assisted with containment of the property.

The suspect, a 44-year-old Merritt man, was taken into custody at approximately 2 a.m. by the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team without further incident. A further search of the man’s residence led to the seizure of a shot gun.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved criminal charges against Christopher Jonathan Skidmore including uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use or storage of a firearm and unlawfully discharge a firearm.

If you witnessed this incident, or you have any additional information and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.