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Suspect nabbed from chest-deep waters in Shuswap Lake

Criminal charges are pending against a man who led RCMP on a chase and brandished a knife before being subdued in the waters of Shuswap Lake on Wednesday.

At  approximately 9 a.m., on June 11, police were on patrol in the Tappen area near Salmon Arm.

A white F350 Ford pickup drove passed the officer. RCMP report the driver is known to police as a prolific offender involved in property crime. As the police officer began to turn his vehicle around, the driver sped away. The vehicle was found abandoned nearby and it was confirmed as being stolen from Kamloops two days earlier.

Several police officers, with the assistance of a police dog, set up a containment area in the wooded area near the Tappen Mill. The suspect was sighted by police and following a foot chase, he waded out into a weedy area of Shuswap Lake to chest depth.

This man then faced police while yelling and brandishing a knife in his hand. Two police officers and the police dog entered the water and were able to disarm the suspect and take him into custody.

Police say the suspect is a heavy meth-amphetamine and heroine user.

A search of the abandoned vehicle produced several items believed stolen, as well as a police scanner.

The suspect remains in police custody and will be charged with several issues related to this incident. His name is not being released pending the formal approval of criminal charges against him.

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