Prince George police arrest third suspect in targeted shooting

RCMP still searching for 38-year-old Eric Vern West, who is considered dangerous

The Prince George RCMP are searching for 38-year-old Eric Vern West, the last remaining suspect in an April 5 targeted shooting in the city. Police say West is considered dangerous and should not be approached. RCMP photo

A third suspect has been arrested in relation to a targeted shooting that occurred in Prince George in early April, but police continue to search for the last remaining suspect.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, frontline officers with the Prince George RCMP conducted a traffic stop of a pickup truck near the corner of Victoria Street and Strathcona Avenue in Prince George. Officers identified a disguised Kenneth Munroe as a passenger in the pickup. He was arrested without incident on his outstanding warrant issued as a result of the April 5 shooting, according to a press release from the RCMP.

Monroe was transported to the RCMP Detachment, where he was held in custody overnight. He will appear in court later today (April 24).

The Prince George RCMP continue to search for the last remaining suspect, 38-year-old Eric Vern West. Police say West is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

“Eric has to be tired of looking over his shoulder” Prince George RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Craig Douglass, said in the release. “He has to be tired of not knowing who to trust and where he should hide next. He should do the right thing and turn himself in to police because we will continue to actively search for him until he is arrested and taken to court.”

West is described as a First Nations male who is 5’ 11” and 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who locates West is urged not to approach him and to call 9-1-1 immediately.

The April 5 incident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m on April 5 on the 2200 block of Quince Street in Prince George.

Frontline officers attended the area immediately after receiving multiple reports of gun shots. The investigation led officers to believe that an altercation between two groups of persons known to each other occurred in the alley to the west of Quince Street, according to the release.

During the altercation, bear spray was deployed, followed by what police now believe to be a single gunshot. All persons fled the scene.

One of the four suspects, 31-year-old Kyle Devro Teegee, was arrested nearby, and the lone victim was located in a dark-coloured SUV a short time later, according to police. The adult male victim was suffering from a single, not-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to hospital for treatment.

On April 7, at approximately 10:45 p.m., frontline officers arrested a second suspect, 26-year-old Anthony Joseph Karl Larsen, at a residence on the 2100 block of Tamarack Street in Prince George.

On April 8, the BC Prosecution Service charged Kyle Devro Teegee, Anthony Joseph Karl Larsen, Kenneth Ricardo Munroe and Eric Vern West with extortion with a firearm, attempted kidnapping, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. West has also been charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, while Teegee has also been charged with obstructing a peace officer.

“All four accused currently reside in Prince George and are known to police,” states the press release. “This incident was a targeted attack between persons known to each other and was associated to the drug trade.”

If you have any information about this incident or the people involved, contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

READ MORE: Police say April 5 shooting in Prince George associated with the drug trade



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