Update: Interior Health building evacuated after threats made to staff

The IH building on Doyle Avenue was evacuated this morning

Updated: 11:30 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP members are working with Interior Health officials as police investigate undisclosed threats made early Wednesday morning.

On March 6, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a threat via text message received by Interior Health staff. Front line RCMP officers, supported by the Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services section had responded to the Interior Health building located in the 500 block of Doyle Avenue to conduct an investigation, according to the RCMP in a news release.

“An ongoing risk assessment will be conducted as police continue to investigate the source and nature of the threat received,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP. “We take all complaints of threats very seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation, utilizing all available resources and specialized units.”

Updated: 10 a.m.

According to Interior Health, the evacuation was a false alarm.

RCMP were called to the building shortly after 9:30 a.m. regarding a security risk, said IH communications.


Police vehicles were on scene and witnesses reported the Interior Health Authority building on Ellis Street was briefly evacuated this morning at around 9:30 a.m.

Calls have been made to the Kelowna RCMP and Interior Health for comment.

More to come.


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