Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Dale Fiddick faces charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon in connection with a shooting last Friday.
Kamloops RCMP responded to a report on Columbia Street of a man with a gunshot wound and found a 40-year-old Kamloops man who had been shot in the leg.
Sgt. Darren Michels said today (Jan. 2, 2018) a police dog tracked the victim back to the scene of the shooting, a unit within an apartment block at 110 Columbia St. Police made contact with occupants of the unit but not all were cooperative, Michels said.
“This led to the use of the RCMP Emergency Response Team and eventually two people were arrested within the unit. As a safety precaution during this incident, some other units in the building were evacuated and traffic was temporarily diverted from the area.”
On Saturday, RCMP executed a search warrant at the unit where the shooting allegedly took place. “As the investigation progressed those originally arrested at the scene were released with no charges and a suspect was identified and sought by police.”
Sunday, investigators arrested Fiddick without incident. He is currently before the courts facing charges of S.268 (2) CC – Aggravated Assault and S.88 (1) CC – Possession of a Weapon. The matter was scheduled to be addressed in court today (Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018).
Police said the incident is considered to be drug related.
“The use or display of illegal firearms by people engaged in crime is treated as a top priority for enforcement in Kamloops,” S/Sgt. Simon Pillay said.
“In this case, investigators from General Duty, the Police Dog Service, Serious Crime Unit and the Emergency Response Team were all deployed to advance our investigation. Introducing a firearm to any situation like this will result in an assertive police response, thorough investigation and serious criminal charges.”
The investigation remains ongoing but no further information is expected to be released as the matter proceeds to court.