The family of the man who was shot by Salmon Arm RCMP early Monday has set up an online Go Fund Me account to help cover family expenses.
The account information says the young man was shot by Salmon Arm police in the head and shoulder.
Kaymen Winter’s mom, dad and two older sisters raced to Kamloops as soon as they heard what had happened.
“We are not from Kamloops, we are from Coquitlam and we could really use help for hotels, gas, etc.”
It goes on: “Kaymen is not perfect, he did have a warrant for missing court so I can understand him being spooked when he seen the police. He was unarmed and I honestly don’t see him putting the police in harm’s way.”
The account concludes by stating “there is an independent investigation happening so we hope if they were in the wrong, the police will be held accountable for what they did.”
Meanwhile, Aidan Buckley of the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO BC), which is investigating the shooting, reported Wednesday morning the suspect is now in serious but stable condition.
The shooting took place at 12:20 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Xcalibur Car Wash, in the 2300 block of 10th Avenue SW, just off the Trans-Canada Highway.
BC RCMP stated Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a complaint of theft in progress, the suspect attempted to escape in a vehicle and an altercation resulted in shots fired by police.
Buckley encourages anyone who may have been near the car wash between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday to contact IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477. The public will speak directly to an investigator.
Find the IIO BC news release here.
He urges citizens to call, no matter how small or insignificant their information may seem.
A news report dated Jan. 18 from the Nanaimo News Bulletin states Nanaimo RCMP were looking for two men accused of 19 fraud charges who did not show up for their day in court, one of whom was Kaymen Winter, 22.
According to Nanaimo police, Winter and Leblanc had allegedly tried to purchase more than $1,100 worth of goods with a Visa card at the Brooks Landing Home Hardware. When the receipt print out indicated a MasterCard had been used, staff queried the men, who grabbed the card and fled.