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Call about armed intruders at Kamloops motel was false

As a result, an inebriated man in a Columbia Street West motel was taken into custody to sober up

A heavy police presence on Columbia Street West on Wednesday night (Jan. 12) was the result of an unfounded report of a group of armed people ready to shoot up a motel.

Kamloops Mounties responded to a motel in the 500-block of Columbia Street West in Sahali at 10:10 p.m.

A man has called police, claiming people were outside his unit with a shotgun and he was holding them off with a BB-gun. As officers were en route, the man said the armed group had gone behind the motel and were planning to “shoot up” the motel.

“Multiple officers attended and cleared the area, confirming the report to be unfounded,” Const. Crystal Evelyn said in a release.

One man was arrested for offences including public mischief and taken to the Battle Street detachment to sober up.

Evelyn said he was released without process, noting the investigation is ongoing. 

As part of the probe, Evelyn said more than a half-dozen airsoft and BB guns, including a replica Tommy gun, were seized for destruction. 

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2022-1240.