UPDATE: Suspect arrested in fatal stabbing in downtown Kamloops

A 33-year-old man died and a 32-year-old man is in custody.

An altercation in the parking lot of a downtown motel led to the stabbing death of a 33-year-old man.

A 32-year-old man is in custody.

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Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said police were called to the 1300-block of Columbia Street at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, where the victim was found with serious injuries. He was tended to by paramedics and taken to Royal Inland Hospital, where he died. He had been stabbed in the chest.

Pillay said police have learned the stabbing was preceded by an altercation in the parking lot of the Acadian Motor Inn at 1306 Columbia St. The suspect was arrested at about 8:30 a.m.

Although we are very early in this case, we do know the suspect and victim were known to each other and no other suspects are being sought,” Pillay said “There is no reason to believe the public is in any danger related to this incident.” 

The identity of the suspect cannot be released unless criminal charges are formally sworn.

While investigating, police cordoned off an area near the motel to process evidence. Pillay said access to the motel parking lot will likely be restricted until Sunday as police work overnight processing evidence.

Several witnesses have been interviewed, but police wants anybody with information to call the Kamloops RCMP detachment at 25-828-3000.

Pillay said police are in the process of notifying next of kin and no further information about the victim can be released.

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