Chilliwack/100 Mile House – MARCH 29 UPDATE – The RCMP have confirmed that Peter Anthony KAMPOS, 38, has been charged for attempt murder in connection with a March 25th shooting that allegedly occurred in the area of the Ford Mountain Forest Road in Chilliwack, BC. Mr. KAMPOS remains in custody and is believed to be from Ontario.
MARCH 27 UPDATE – The North District RCMP Major Crime Unit are continuing their investigation into a series of alleged vehicle shootings that spanned over an 8 hour period, beginning March 24 at 8:30 pm. Following these incidents, a news release was issued seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect vehicle which had been described as a 2009 4 door, blue Dodge Caliber bearing Ontario license plate CAVM918. Reports of shots fired at a passenger vehicle and semi-trucks were received from multiple communities including Houston, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Clucuz Lake, Prince George, Quesnel and 100 Mile House. There were no reported injuries.
Investigators of the Real Time Intelligence Centre – BC (RTIC – BC) advised all British Columbia police officers of the incidents and asked them to be on the look out for the suspect vehicle.
On March 25, 2017, at approximately 3:35 pm, Chilliwack RCMP received a report that a man had allegedly been shot in the area of the Ford Mountain Forest Road. Police learned that the victim had fled the suspect and managed to find help when he came upon Canadian Forces personnel working at a range on Chilliwack Lake Road. Persons in attendance including military police and reservists provided first aid to the victim who was then airlifted to a Lower Mainland hospital. Due to the exceptional efforts of all first responders and medical staff, the 39-year-old Chilliwack resident survived and has non-life threatening injuries. He remains in hospital.
Given the new information about the Chilliwack shooting and that the suspect was believed to be armed and dangerous, police requested the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT), the Integrated Police Dog Service, and Air Services. An extensive ground and air search of the area was conducted.
Members of the Integrated Police Dog Service and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, who were nearby, proceeded on foot up the Ford Mountain Forest Service Road through steep terrain to locate the suspect. At approximately 5:10 pm, they located the suspect and took him into custody without further incident. The man’s vehicle was located nearby.
“This proved to be an extremely fluid and fast-evolving situation. Public safety was our priority. To ensure the safe apprehension of the suspect, we engaged all specialized resources available and ensured all police personnel had what they needed. We cannot underestimate the role the quick coordination of resources and timely sharing of information had on the resolution of this incident” says C/Supt. Dave Attfield, Acting Criminal Operations Officers – Core Policing.
The man is currently facing one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, with additional charges being considered. Discussions are underway with Crown Counsel and the male has been remanded in custody pending a court appearance on March 29th.
North District RCMP Major Crime Unit are continuing to investigate and coordinate all instances of shots fired at commercial and personal vehicles. Police are asking anyone who may have been the victim of a suspicious incident allegedly involving the suspect or suspect vehicle described above to contact their local police.
Investigators of the Chilliwack Serious Crime Unit are continuing their investigation of the incident that occurred in the Ford Mountains Forrest Service Road area. All investigative efforts will also look at the suspect’s movements prior to March 25 and possible motivations.
Police would like to thank the public for their assistance and vigilance during the incident.
MARCH 26 Original Story – RCMP from a number of jurisdictions coordinated efforts and have arrested a suspect in Chilliwack who is connected to a series of shootings that targeted commercial vehicles over an eight-hour period along Highway 97 and Highway 16, among others.
Between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2:45 a.m. PT Saturday morning, North District RCMP officers received a number of calls stating that a vehicle’s driver was shooting out radiators and windows out of moving semi-tractor trailers. Allegedly all the trucks targeted were with Lomak Bulk Carriers Corporation out of Prince George.
The shooters vehicle was described as a blue four-door Dodge Caliber with Ontario license plates.
Reports of shots fired were received near Houston, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Cluculz Lake, Prince George, Quesnel and 100 Mile House.
Mounties said information directed them locate the suspect vehicle and the driver in connection to the shootings in the Chilliwack area.
RCMP are not commenting if this is related to an earlier report of a shooting at Thompson Park, which occurred around the same time as the earlier takedown.
A number of Facedbook postings included this cryptic message: People east of the roadblock were trapped for at least two hours.
The post said a man was shot in the parking lot near the trail head at Lindeman Lake. “He was able to drive himself to Vokes Range where the military happened to be training. When I was able to drive again I saw a Honda Civic with 3-4 bullet holes in the windshield driver side and the back window completely blown out. When talking to military police on my way out, they said they were still looking for the shooter. Shooter was somewhere in the bush.”