Local man charged with attempted murder

Lucky escape for three occupants of a King Street apartment after shots were fired into the window

It was a near miss early Sunday when a 47-year-old Cranbrook man fired shots into a King Street apartment.

None of the three people inside the apartment were injured in the shooting. There were no children in the apartment.

According to RCMP, someone phoned in a firearms complaint about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 24 at the apartment block.

“Police determined a shot had been fired into an apartment on the third floor from the ground level, narrowly missing one of the occupants,” said Cpl. Chris Newel.

A police dog and handler soon arrived at the scene and found the firearm used in the incident nearby.

Then the dog tracked a man hiding in the area, Cpl. Newel said.

“He was found not that far away and he was tracked by the dog.

“The dog was really instrumental in apprehension and location of the firearm. With the dog, we were able to make that arrest and locate that firearm very quickly.”

The 47-year-old man from Cranbrook was arrested and charged with attempted murder and careless use of a firearm. He will stay in custody ahead of a court appearance on Wednesday, February 27.

Police also searched the man’s home using a search warrant and found further evidence.

The occupants of the apartment were linked to the accused shooter, Cpl. Newel said.

“There were known to each other. There was a connection. That’s why we are saying it was not a random act and the public doesn’t need to be concerned. There was a link between these two subjects.”