(File photo)

(File photo)

Suspected shooter in custody: Trail RCMP

Trail police received a report of shots fired at a passenger car on May 1

A suspect is in custody following a report of shots fired in West Trail last week.

Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich says the person is behind bars on “unrelated matters” and that the investigation is ongoing.

Previous: Police looking for tips after shots fired at car in West Trail

The case began to unfold just before 5 a.m. on May 1 after a call came in that a then-unknown person had fired a gun at a passenger car in the 1900 block of Oak Street.

Two occupants were in the vehicle at the time, though neither was hurt.

But the story didn’t end there.

Wicentowich revealed that two days later a man in his 30s, of no fixed address, was detained after police found him walking across the Trail driving bridge carrying a sawed-off shotgun.

The man was later released without charge.

“The 34-year-old male was not involved in the original incident and is of no danger to the public,” Wicentowich told the Trail Times May 4.

Since then the Times has received a number of inquiries as to why a person found carrying a shotgun on the main bridge in Trail was released from RCMP custody.

After all, it is illegal in Canada to carry a gun in public, let alone one that has been altered, or “sawed-off” as police described it.

Essentially, readers wanted to know why the person was let go from what is considered a criminal offence.

“Investigators have reason to believe that the 34-year-old man found in possession of the firearm was not the shooter,” Sgt. Wicentowich reiterated to the Times, May 11.

“Due to the totality of the circumstances surrounding these incidents criminal charges were not laid against the 34 year old.”

Wicentowich also said the pandemic protocols are not affecting who stays behind bars and who goes.

“COVID-19 is not a factor in the release of a prisoner,” he clarified.

“Each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the BC Prosecution Service and the decision to remand a prisoner into custody or release them is ultimately up to the courts.”

Trail police do not identify suspects in their media releases until charges are officially sworn in by Crown counsel.

Witnesses to the shooting who have not yet spoken to police are urged to call the Trail detachment at 250-364-2566, or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

City of TrailRCMP Briefs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An online post caused some concern after two former Olympian skiers visited Rossland despite the city and provincial health recommendations to stay and play local.
Rossland man responds to Olympian ski controversy

A visit to Rossland by former Olympic gold medalists has created controversy for local man

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Interior Health reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in the region Feb. 23, 2021 and no additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
43 new cases of COVID reported in Interior Health

No new deaths, Williams Lake outbreak over

Construction for a new pharmacy and ambulatory care unit is underway on the second floor of the newly completed KBRH wing. Photo: Howard Regnier
Work begins on next phase of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital redevelopment

This next phase of work is on target to finish up in 2023

Photo: Submitted
New year, new wheels for Trail Association for Community Living

The new vehicle is a 2020 Ford Transit converted with wheelchair lift and accessories

B.C. health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix wore pink shirts to showcase this year’s motto: “Lift each other up.” (Twitter/PinkShirtDay)
PHOTOS: B.C. celebs take a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt Day

‘We need to let young people know they are not alone and they can reach out to others for help’

Average response times for critical “purple” and “red” calls were between nine and 10 minutes Feb. 19 in Metro Vancouver, with only less critical “yellow” calls receiving an average response time of 45 minutes. The longer than usual delay was due to a combination of factors, BC Emergency Health Services said. (APBC image)
After a night of one-hour waits for ambulances, union goes public with concerns

B.C. Ambulance Service says high-priority calls were still 10 minutes or less

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson in the outfit that got her sent home from school on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Contributed to Kamloops This Week)
B.C. teen in turtleneck, lace-edged dress sent home from school for ‘inappropriate’ outfit

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson was told the lace on the garment made it look like a slip dress

Vancouver Canucks left wing Antoine Roussel (26) tries to get a shot past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canucks cough up 3-0 lead, fall 4-3 to visiting Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver falls to 8-13-2 on the NHL season

Jessica McCallum-Miller receives her signed oath of office from city chief administrative officer Heather Avison on Nov. 5, 2018 after being elected to Terrace City Council. McCallum-Miller resigned on Feb. 22, 2021, saying she felt unsupported and unheard by council. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Terrace’s 1st Indigenous councillor resigns citing ‘systemic and internalized racism,’ sexism

McCallum-Miller said in a Facebook post she felt unheard and unsupported by council

Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31.	(Pixabay photo)
Pubs, restaurants to pay wholesale prices on liquor permanently in COVID-recovery

Pre-pandemic, restaurateurs and tourism operators paid full retail price on most liquor purchases

Wade Dyck with Luna, a dog who went missing near the Chasm for 17 days following a rollover on Feb. 5. (Photo submitted).
Dog missing for 17 days through cold snap reunited with owner in northern B.C.

Family ecstatic to have the Pyrenees-Shepherd cross back home.

Quesnel RCMP confirmed they are investigating a residential break-in at a home on the Barkerville Highway. (File image)
Thieves make off with $300K in Cariboo miner’s retirement gold

Tim Klemen is offering a reward for the return of his gold

Most Read