NEW UPDATE on Trail Shooting

Andrew Zwicker
By Andrew Zwicker
December 3rd, 2008

Last week saw two consecutive days in the Trail area involving gun violence that shocked many in a region known for being relatively peaceful and free of urban type issues and crime.

Police have now issued a public request (attached to this story) for information about the shooting.

On Tuesday, November 25th, after being called out to a traffic accident in Warfield, downhill from Webster Elementary School, police discovered the male driver had been shot, and was later pronounced dead at the Trail Regional Hospital.

While police have not issued any further statements on the incident, there has been much talk around town surrounding the incident and whether or not violence and crime are on the rise in the region.

The following day on Wednesday November 26th, Police again received calls related to gun violence with reports of shots being fired in the downtown Trail area. Sgt. Rob Hawton of the Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment released more information on that incident to the public on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect involved in the incident, Jamie Murray Laberge, a 38 year old male residing outside of Fruitvale, has been formally charged with uttering threats, possessing a firearm while prohibited, pointing a firearm, and dangerous use of a firearm. Laberge is currently remanded in custody to appear in provincial Court in Castlegar on December 4th.

Further investigation into this matter and the Warfield murder case are continuing. The Telegraph will continue to follow these incidents and publish updates as soon as they become available.

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