Investigators mark the location of spent bullet casings and gunshot marks on the vehicles involved in the Jan. 30 shooting at the Xcalibur car wash in Salmon Arm. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. man shot by police in 2017 pleads guilty to string of offences

Kaymen Winter gets two years, opts for trial on two charges related to Salmon Arm car wash shooting

The man who was shot by a police officer at a Salmon Arm car wash will serve three more months in jail after pleading guilty to 10 charges.

Kaymen Winter, 23, appeared in Provincial Court in Kamloops on Thursday, March 22, where he faced charges originating in Nanaimo, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Sicamous and Salmon Arm. He received a sentence of 104 days, after being credited for a total of 626 days already served.

The charge garnering the bulk of the sentence was a break and enter in Sicamous on Jan. 29, 2017. That was followed up by the incident in the car wash at Xcalibur Kawasaki in Salmon Arm on Jan. 30, 2017.

That incident sparked an investigation by the Independent Investigations Officer of B.C. (IIO), which is mandated to investigate any police officer-related incidents of death or serious harm.

In February of this year, the IIO concluded that the police officer involved was justified to shoot at the truck that was seen accelerating towards another officer. The officer fired 14 shots from a high-powered carbine rifle at the truck, striking the driver, Winter, as he attempted to flee from police. Winter was hit by multiple gunshots, including one bullet that struck him in the head. He was treated in hospital and later released.

Related link: RCMP officer officially cleared in shooting incident

Winter was being investigated after a 911 call was made to police reporting that someone was attempting to break into the coin box of the spray car wash booth at Xcalibur Kawasaki in Salmon Arm.

When police arrived, they parked deliberately in an attempt to make it difficult for the driver of the pickup truck to leave the scene. As one officer left his vehicle, it is alleged Winter began to open the garage bay doors, get in his truck and drive away. The IIO report states Winter told IIO investigators that he was aware he had outstanding warrants for his arrest, so his reaction was to flee when police pulled to the front and back of the car wash bay.

On Thursday, Winter pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from the Salmon Arm incident: mischief, three counts of possession of stolen property and possessing an instrument suitable for a break-in.

However, he pleaded not guilty to two other related charges – carrying, using or threatening to use a weapon and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He has opted for trial by judge alone, which will take place in BC Supreme Court in Salmon Arm. A date hasn’t been set yet.

Related link: Charges in car wash shooting stalled

Winter also pleaded guilty to several charges from Nanaimo, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam: three counts of fraud under $5,000 as well as impersonating with the intent to gain an advantage. In addition, the Crown stayed several charges.


@SalmonArm
marthawickett@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIDEO: North Island Atom Eagles tie Victoria Ice Hawks, fall in rematch

The North Island Atom Eagles will be back in league play action at home in January.

Strong winds expected to hit north, west Vancouver Island: Environment Canada

Environment Canada said southeast winds will reach speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour

Town of Port McNeill hesitates on replacing harbour’s dock and ramp

“The danger is the longer we hold on to awarding the bid, the closer we get to the tourist season”

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Property assessments to rise again on Vancouver Island

Some areas could see their assessments spike as much as 20 per cent

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.

Trump looking at several candidates for new chief of staff

Trump’s top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals.

Canadian physicist collects Nobel Prize

Canada’s Donna Strickland is one of three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics.

BCHL players help Team Canada in shootout win over U.S.

Massimo Rizzo scores the shootout winner at World Junior A Challenge

Canada Post backlog, Greyhound exit creating headaches ahead of the holidays

The federal government forced members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to their jobs late last month

No NDP challengers for Sheila Malcolmson in Nanaimo

Resigning MP will be confirmed next week as B.C. NDP’s nominee for Nanaimo MLA

Most Read