Brawl erupts in Rutland

Pent up aggression between two families prompted the Rutland rumble that sent one man to the intensive care unit Sunday, say Kelowna Mounties.

At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, police were called to the intersection of Gibson and McCurdy roads after reports that a local 51-year-old man was beaten with a baseball bat, said Const. Steve Holmes.

The beating victim was taken to Kelowna General Hospital to get help with injuries sustained during the skirmish.

“An investigation revealed that this was not a random incident and that it likely involved two groups who are angry and hostile with one another,” said Holmes, adding gang activity has been ruled out at this time.

There are currently no estimates on how many people were involved. Nor do police know the cause of the feud although, at its roots, are two unnamed families at odds with one another. Police also believe a time and place was scheduled for the conflict.

Much of what’s known to police at the moment, Holmes pointed out, has come from the victim and those who were with him when police and ambulance arrived.

The man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital’s intensive care unit for treatment.

Anyone who may have seen this incident is asked to contact the

Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or



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