Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, was arrested in April this year after he allegedly shot Thomas Szajko in Oliver. The Western News is working to confirm reports of Szajko’s recent death. (Western News file photo)

Oliver shooting victim reportedly dies months later

The Western News is working to confirm reports Thomas Szajko, victim of April shooting, has died

A man whose home was the centre of a major police standoff in Oliver in April has died, according to the Oliver Daily News.

Thomas Szajko is also the recipient of a medal of bravery from the Governor General, after he ran into a building on fire to wake up five people inside. They later returned to the burning building to retrieve one final victim, according to archived transcripts from the House of Commons in 1995.

The Oliver Daily News reported Szajko’s death Monday afternoon, but have not indicated a cause of death — RCMP have reportedly referred the file to the B.C. Coroner’s Service.

The Western News has reached out to Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, but have yet to receive confirmation of Szajko’s death.

Related: Alleged Oliver shooter elects trial by judge

Szajko was the victim of a gunshot, allegedly from Afshin Maleki Ighani, in Oliver on April 19 this year, which led to police surrounding Szajko’s home, where Ighani was believed to be holed up in a travel trailer.

Szajko was also later charged with assault in an alleged domestic incident just a few days later, according to court documents.

Ighani has a lengthy history with crime dating back to at least 1999, and he has twice been ordered deported.

Related: RCMP hunt for alleged shooter

In the days following the shooting, Ighani was arrested after a lengthy manhunt that stretched from Okanagan Falls, down to the Princeton, where he was found to be in a trailer park.

Ighani had allegedly kicked a man out of his vehicle, taking a woman with him and driving away.

Ighani’s next court date is set for Dec. 18.


@dustinrgodfrey

dustin.godfrey@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Women’s March draws small crowd in Kelowna

The small, but passionate, group marched along Water Street Saturday

UBCO Heat men’s and women’s basketball squads bounce over MacEwan

The women got their first win of the season, while the men keep their playoff hopes alive

Surrey man fined $10,000 by Kelowna’s Provincial Court

The man was convicted for three Wildlife Act offences after shooting a bull moose not in season

West Kelowna Warriors fall short to Vernon

The Warriors lost 1-0 in the hard fought battle

Rockets snap streak, shutout Everett 2-0

Kelowna got their first win in seven games against the second best team in the league.

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read