Kamloops man murdered, son arrested
Wayne Carpenter waved to his neighbour, Phil, as Carpenter passed by Phil's Collingwood Drive home on the way to work on Monday morning (Sept. 12).
It would be the last time Carpenter would see his neighbour alive.
"They were no trouble whatsoever," Carpenter said of the couple and their teenage son, Josh, who lived at 314 Collingwood Dr. in Westsyde.
But, something went terribly wrong on Monday afternoon — a 63-year-old man is dead and his 18-year-old son is in custody in what appears to be a domestic dispute turned deadly.
Kamloops Mounties responded to a 911 call from the home at approximately 4:30 p.m.
When police arrived, they arrested an 18-year-old not far from the house, while the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect, who does not have a criminal record, is expected to be charged with murder, but at a Tuesday morning (Sept. 13) RCMP media briefing, few new details in the case were offered.
Police still have not released the names of the victim or the suspect, but the 18-year-old is expected to make a court appearance later in the day.
RCMP won't say how the man was killed, or confirm accounts by neighbours the suspect had a run in with police just a few days prior.
"There is nothing else about this individual at this time that we have," RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said.
Police did indicate the 911 call did come from the home, but wouldn't say who made the call.
The victim and the suspect were alone in the house at the time of the incident.
The city's business-licence registry shows a Steel Priced Right Janitorial Services listed for the address, while a phone number is listed to a Phil Steel.
He is also listed as the owner of Slate Bistro and Billiards on 1318 Dalhousie Dr, but the business closed down a decade ago.
Neighbours confirmed the teen's name to be Josh.
Carpenter and several other neighbours in the area told KTW they never heard or saw any trouble from the home, up until two days ago.
A resident, who did not want to be identified, said he was awoken at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 by police chasing the 18-year-old son down the street.
The neighbour said the teen had been throwing rocks at cars.
Police Tasered the teen, but he still fought officers. Eventually the suspect was subdued by police and hauled into a cop car.
Despite the vandalism incident, the resident was shocked to hear about the murder so close to his home, which is located a few blocks northeast of the Eighth Street/Westsyde Road/Batchelor Drive intersection.
"Everyone knows everyone around the neighbourhood," he said.
Carpenter said he saw the teen riding his bike on Sunday, Sept. 11, so he didn't think much about the incident the day before.
A distraught family member, who didn't want to be identified, approached KTW at the scene on Monday and said her family warned police something dangerous might happen, but she didn't elaborate.