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Investigation into Walmart stabbing continues, RCMP says

The inquiry into Tuesday’s stabbing at Campbell River’s Walmart continues, as police collect information and comb through the details.

RCMP Cst. Maury Tyre told our newsroom that shortly before 11:00 am on Dec. 7, someone attempted to steal electronics from the store.

And when a security guard in his 60’s tried to stop him, the suspect stabbed the guard – twice.

However, in an update released today (Dec. 9), police say some of the original details were “partially incorrect” due to the lack of information at the time.

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The full Thursday update from Campbell River RCMP is below:

“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect in the stabbing had actually been previously asked to leave the store by security and had returned in disguise.

“When a security officer advised the suspect that he still needed to leave the store, he threatened that guard with a knife.

“The guard disengaged, and the suspect walked away. A second guard saw the male and was subsequently threatened and stabbed several times shortly before 11 am on Dec. 7, 2021. 

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“The suspect then proceeded to load several TVs onto a shopping cart and [went] out the fire exit.

“A suspect was apprehended in the matter at approximately 5 pm on Dec. 7, 2021, and remains in police custody awaiting court.

Earlier this morning, Campbell River RCMP said the guard was still in hospital in stable condition. Police have requested the attacker face charges, including Aggravated Assault and Robbery.

“We very much understand the public’s interest in this matter,” Tyre adds. “The suspect is facing the possibility of some very serious charges, and our investigation is ongoing.”

He’s now asking anyone with first-hand knowledge of the incident to come forward. Those with information can call the Campbell River RCMP at (250) 286-6221.  

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