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Death under investigation at Okanagan correctional facility, days after man charged with Kelowna theft and attempted murder, dies

B.C. Prosecution Service confirmed it is believed Kenneth Morrison is dead
Dashcam video from the takedown shows a multitude of police vehicles converging on the scene on Highway 97 in West Kelowna. (YouTube)

The man charged with attempted murder with a firearm and two counts of robbery stemming from an alleged carjacking in Kelowna earlier this year has died, according to the BC Prosecution Service.

BC Coroners Service said that they are investigating the death of Kenneth Morrison, but could not confirm where he died or how.

Ryan Panton, Manager, Strategic Communications and Media Relations with the BC Coroners Service, confirmed that the agency is investigating a death at the Osoyoos correctional facility.

“As our investigation remains open I’m unable to provide any additional information at this time. Per the Coroners Act and due to privacy considerations we do not release or confirm details related to the identity of decedents,” said Panton.

The file for Morrison has been abated, which is the process for staying a file when prosecutors have a proper basis to believe the person is dead, said Dan McLaughlin with the BC Prosecution Service.

Kenneth Morrison was to be in a Kelowna court for disposition on Sept. 28, on the day of the deposition, was not listed on the daily court docket.

He was last scheduled in court on Sept. 8, however, it was carried over until Sept. 28.

Court documents last stated that Morrison was not in custody.

On March 7, Morrison reportedly fled the scene of a three-vehicle crash on Glenmore Road in a reported stolen black Chevy Silverado. Morrison then allegedly attempted to take another vehicle by force, that had stopped to assist those involved in the crash. Police confirmed that the suspect did pull a gun and shoot at one of the other car crash victims, and missed. The suspect then released bear spray at a pair who had stopped to assist.

Morrison was bloody upon arrest and was transported to Kelowna General Hospital.

Morrison was no stranger to police. Back in 2017, he pleaded guilty to vehicle theft, evading police, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident after stealing a cleaning van in Saskatchewan, according to the Regina Leader-Post. A Regina provincial court judge sentenced Morrison to time served.

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Jen Zielinski

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Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.
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