Residents of the 298 Maple St. apartment complex in Penticton where a police standoff unfolded Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 outside Unit 117 said they are relieved to be back in their homes and concerned about safety. (Karissa Gall - Black Press)

‘I’m glad they’re gone’: Penticton neighbours react to standoff, arrest of shooting suspect

‘I would like to not have to worry about our safety as much’

Residents of the Penticton apartment complex where a police standoff unfolded Wednesday are relieved to be back in their homes.

Several neighbours of the 298 Maple St. complex, where a shooting suspect hid from police on Oct. 2 for hours before surrendering, said they weren’t allowed back inside their homes until about 7 p.m.

Taylor Beggs, who lives behind unit 117 where the suspect was hiding, said she was waiting outside for most of the standoff, and witnessed police using a megaphone to communicate with the suspect as well as a robot, which she believes was used to get a visual of inside the unit.

“It was so weird,” Beggs said. “It looks like one of those ones you would see in the movies.”

READ MORE: Shooting suspect surrenders to RCMP after standoff

The incident began around noon on Wednesday, with officers responding to a report of a man having been shot inside a house at 464 Winnipeg St.

Upon arrival to the Winnipeg Street residence, officers confirmed one male victim appeared to have been shot and he was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation led officers to believe the apartment complex on Maple Street may have been involved and a heavy police presence formed outside, blocking off the stretch of street between Rene and Birch avenues.

Witnesses saw at least five people handcuffed, and then watched several hours of standoff between police and the male suspect hiding inside.

Beggs said the suspect was eventually taken away by police around 4:15 p.m., but she saw the other people who were handcuffed sitting outside the doors for unit 117 later last night, around 9 p.m.

For her son’s sake, she said she was glad she didn’t see them there again Thursday morning.

While Beggs said most of the units at the complex are “really great,” the unit where the suspect hid and where the other people were sitting is “really, really sketchy.”

“I don’t like to bring my son outside here to play. I’m always with him regardless, but it’s still kind of scary,” she said. “It’s not like I can afford much else in this town. It’s definitely sketchy at times.”

Since she moved to the complex six months ago, she said she’s seen people sleeping by the dumpsters after “shooting up,” and lots of foot traffic in and out of the unit in question.

“Even in that short six months there’s been so much that’s happened that’s been really terrifying,” she said. “We were really close to the shooting in April as well.”

READ MORE: Four victims identified in deadly Penticton shooting spree

Beggs’ son attends Queen’s Park Elementary, located about 300 metres from the complex.

“I always make him hold my hand outside,” she said.

While she was relieved to be back in her home Thursday morning, she did not wish the same to the suspect.

“I’m hoping that they get evicted,” she said. “I would like to not have to worry about our safety as much.”

Another neighbour who preferred not to be named agreed with Beggs.

“Now that they’re gone it’s good,” the neighbour said. “I know that that house was the only one that was problematic.”

An RCMP officer at the scene on Thursday morning told Black Press Media those involved in the incident who had not been taken into custody had been asked not to return to the unit at this time.



karissa.gall@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

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

Just Posted

Fireside Festival gears up for day three in Kelowna

Sunday’s lineup includes the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lazy Syrup Orchestra and Frig Off

Rockets grab overtime win over Giants, aim to make it 3 straight with Sunday night rematch

Kelowna’s won their last two games and conclude 3-game weekend against Vancouver

Big White celebrates Aussie Day with a series of fundraisers for wildfire relief

Big White Ski Resort’s restaurants Globe Tapas and Blarney Stone raised $6,000 for charity

Don’t look now: Warriors grab 6th win in 8 games after Morgan’s stellar outing

West Kelowna goalie Riley Morgan made 30 saves in a 4-1 win over Vernon Saturday

Okanagan Symphony maestro joins KSS Music Showcase

OSO music direcor Rosemary Thomsom will MC the upcoming display of Okanagan music talent

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Snow angels: B.C. volunteers shovel for those who can’t

‘They’ve helped me make it through the rest of the winter’

Summerland Steam earn one win, one loss in hockey action

Junior B team in third place in division

It’s okay not to have kids, confesses mother of four

For someone who has committed parenting an obscene number of times, it… Continue reading

Most Read