Update: RCMP release name of Kelowna shooting victim, ask for witnesses to step forward

Police confirm a 35-year-old man was found deceased early this morning inside a Hein Road home.

  • Aug. 5, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Police have cordoned off a house on Hein Road this morning.

Kelowna RCMP are now releasing the name of a man killed early Friday morning in Rutland in the hopes that anyone with information about this incident will speak to police.

On Aug. 5 at 6:07 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP were called to a residence in the 400 block of Hein Road for reports of shots being fired. When emergency crews arrived on scene they located Benjamin Cory Virgint deceased inside his home.

“The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) continue to probe Virgint’s death, as investigators continue to work closely with the BC Coroners Service” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“An autopsy of the deceased’s body is still pending Police strongly believe that this was a targeted attack.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Const. Nicole Shuttleworth of the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 250-470-6395. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Update: 10:45 a.m. Aug. 5

Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes are investigating an early morning homicide in a Rutland home.

At 6:07 a.m. on Friday morning,  Kelowna RCMP were called to a residence in the 400 block of Hein Road for reports of shots being fired.

When emergency crews arrived on scene they located a 35-year-old Kelowna man deceased inside the home. Police have not released the cause of death.

“The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) has assumed conduct of the ongoing investigation into the man’s death,” said Kelowna RCMP Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit continue to work closely with the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) and the BC Coroners Service.”

“No arrests have been made at this time, as police continue to search for suspects.”

O’Donaghey added that police don’t believe that this was a random attack.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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Friday, Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m.

 

Kelowna RCMP are remaining tightlipped with regards to an incident that occurred on Hein Road this morning.

Police have taped off one side of a duplex on the Rutland street, with a police officer at the scene saying any comment on the matter has to come from the Kelowna detachment.

RCMP are asking the public to avoid the area so as not to disrupt the investigation at the scene.

People at the scene a confronted a Capital News reporter at the scene and demanded that he leave, saying, “There is nothing to see here.”

Watch the kelownacapnews.com website for more details as they become available.

 

 

 

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