Police make an arrest in the fatal weekend shooting of a Port Alberni man

The 2021 BC Homicide Victim List is available here

Port Alberni RCMP responded to the report of a shooting at a residence on 18th Ave at around 6:00pm on August 29th.

Police said only the victim and the suspect were in the home at the time of their arrival. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Police said the victim and suspect are known to each other, there is no threat to neighbours or the community and no connection to gangs or organized crime.

Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, the deceased’s name will not be released by police.

[According to the Vancouver Sun, Samantha Jesselynn Dittmer, 61, was charged with careless use of a firearm. Police will not release the victim’s identity, however, family friends have confirmed the man killed was Jesse McPhee, Dittmer’s adult son.]