Stolen property was at the centre of a confrontation on Saturday in Scotch Creek, an incident that included gunfire, but resulted in no injuries.
The incident 45 minutes east of Kamloops occurred just after 2 p.m., when police responded to reports of shots fired from a home on Hilliam Road.
Chase RCMP Sgt. Barry Kennedy said a group of residents believed the home to be connected with a rash of recent thefts, which have occurred in the past month.
The group of residents went to the house to confront the occupants and a loud noise, sounding like a gunshot, could be heard from within the home as a man yelled at the group to leave.
“A male was then seen exiting the house carrying a shotgun, walking toward the group who had retreated to the roadway,” a Chase RCMP press release stated. “The male then returned to the house.”
Mounties from Chase and Salmon Arm responded, along with the South East District Emergency Response Team. The suspect, however, fled before police arrived and the gun was not found.
Mounties say they are familiar with the residence.
Kennedy said the house is unoccupied, owned by someone who lives out of town. He said police are working with BC Community Corrections because some people have been giving their probation officer the house address, unbeknownst to the homeowner.
“We have descriptions of the suspects and, through association of previous files we’ve had at the house, we have a fairly good idea who they are, so now we’re attempting to locate them,” Kennedy said.
Potential charges could include breach of probation and firearms offences. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chase detachment at 250-679-3221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police are also reminding the public that it is concerning when people bypass law enforcement and take matters into their own hands, which poses safety risks and may jeopardize an investigation.