Rutland’s weekend rumble is now the focus of a murder investigation, as the Kelowna man sent to hospital in its wake has died.
Police revealed Thursday it was Dain Phillips, 51, who was severely beaten with a baseball bat during the Sunday night fight that’s believed to have centred around two families. The next day, he succumbed to his injuries.
While police have offered few details in the days since the violence erupted, they’ve indicated they believe Phillips was caught in the crossfire.
“Police can confirm that several vehicles arrived at the scene,” said Sgt. Ann Morrison, of the fight that was rumoured to involve nearly a dozen men.
“All persons exited their respective vehicles and the physical altercation ensued.
“Police continue to investigate to obtain facts and evidence in this incident which indicate that the 51-year-old victim did not provoke the attack nor attend to engage in an altercation.”
Phillips was, however, travelling with one of the parties involved in the brawl seemingly scheduled for the evening of June 12.
Police became aware of the fight later that night when they were called to the intersection of Gibson and McCurdy roads around 7 p.m. The call indicated that Phillips had been severely injured and was in need of transport to hospital. He spent his last day in the intensive care unit. His family has requested that people respect their privacy and space as they are distraught and struggling with their loss.
Const. Steve Holmes said the two sides were “angry and hostile” with one another, as police continue to actively investigate and are asking anyone with information to call Kelowna RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).