(Trail Times file photo)

Update: Deceased suspect in West Kootenay gas station stabbing only in town two weeks

Police say the 30-year-old suspect stabbed a Montrose gas station employee

Police say the suspect in a stabbing at the Montrose gas station Friday afternoon (May 29) was found dead at a nearby residence shortly after officers arrived on scene.

This case began with a 911 call to the Trail and Greater District RCMP at 1:44 p.m. on Friday when it was reported that a 21-year-old male gas station employee had been stabbed in the back.

The RCMP say the injury was non-life threatening, and the victim is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, immediately fled the scene after the stabbing, police said.

Approximately 15 minutes after the initial incident, officers found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound in the backyard of a Montrose home.

Sgt. Mike Wicentowich says the deceased man and the gas station attendant only knew each other through a customer relationship.

“The suspect had lived in the area for two weeks,” Wicentowich told the Trail Times.

“(He was) not known to Trail but to the RCMP.”

In an effort to advance the ongoing criminal investigation, police are asking witnesses or anyone with any information to immediately call RCMP at 250-364-2566.



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