Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Police officers responded to the area of Westminster Avenue and Haynes Street on a report that a man had been shot on April 15th at approximately 10:30am. As police were driving to the property they were notified that another person had been shot.
At 11:30 am police located a suspect matching the description turned himself in to RCMP Penticton detachment. Police then determined four people are deceased at three locations within a 5 km radius.
The names of the victims will not be released at the request of families. Police did say the victims were two men and two women.
John Brittain, a former city engineer, as “a gentle person,” by the Mayor of Penticton. RCMP are investigating possible motive.
Update October 6th
According to reports, the crown and defence lawyers said John Brittain plans to plead guilty to three charges of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in connection with the killings.
Penticton RCMP is investigating the city’s 4th homicide of 2017, however police have not released who the victim is or when they died.
Police superintendent Ted De Jager said “There is nothing further to release on this matter. There is no nexus to public safety and the integrity of the investigation outweighs the need to notify the public of the particulars,”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
Past Penticton Homicides
Dean Gillette, January, 2017
John Doe, April, 2017
Dale Atkinson, June, 2017
Police responded to a call for assistance at a Woodlands Drive home at approximate 5am on June 12th. Police found Dale Atkinson, 63 dead at the scene.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said that Atkinson victim of a homicide. The name of the victim has not been released at this time. Police said the homicide was an isolated indecent, stemming from a domestic disturbance.
The suspect who had been in a relationship with c has been released from custody. No charges have been laid at this time.
Police were called to a complex in 900 block of Creston Avenue on April 26th on report of shots fired.
Police arrived to find one man dead at the scene. Police arrested the suspect nearby, and seized a firearm.
Update April 27
Police said the person that was arrested for the shooting has been released from custody. No charges have been laid at this time.