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Chainsaw-wielding man faces multiple charges for incident at Summerland store

A 44-year-old Penticton man known to police is in custody
A 44-year-old Penticton man well known to police faces multiple charges for damaging a Summerland store using a chainsaw. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

A 44-year-old Penticton man known to police is facing multiple charges after wielding an active chainsaw and barricading himself in a gas station convenience store in Summerland, Friday night.

On Oct. 22, around 6:30 p.m., Summerland RCMP responded to a report of a man using a running chainsaw to allegedly damage the inside of the Trout Creek liquor store and the gas station store located in the 6000 block of Highway 97.

The staff managed to safely get out of the store without injury while the man barricaded himself inside.

A police dog, negotiator and our Emergency Response Team were called in. After an hour, the man put down the chainsaw and walked out of the store, said police.

“The 44-year-old Penticton resident, who is known to police faces multiple charges. The motive for the incident is unknown, however, drugs are suspected to have been a contributing factor,” said Const. James Grandy of the Penticton RCMP.

In speaking with the owners of the gas station, the man came into the store acting very erratically carrying a chainsaw that was going at the time. He damaged several parts of the store and threw some things around before surrendering.

All the staff were shaken up but not harmed, the store owners said.

The man is being held in custody until his first appearance in court.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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