A marijuana grow operation.

A marijuana grow operation.

Man shot in neck at Malakwa grow rip

A Malakwa man was shot in the neck after confronting a marijuana grow rip crew on his property.

A 36-year-old Malakwa man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck after he confronted a group of armed men who were stealing marijuana plants from a grow operation on his property.

The incident went down around midnight on Friday, April 27 in Malakwa.

The man confronted a group of individuals on his property who were raiding his grow op. One of them pulled out a handgun and shot him through the neck, RCMP said.

The group then held him captive for a short period while they finished the job and even provided some first aid, police said.

After they left, the man drove himself to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Vernon for treatment.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the man wasn’t up front with medical staff or investigators about the gunshot wound to his neck. “The man’s initial account of how he suffered the injury was questioned by investigators,” Moskaluk said. “[We] determined after further investigation that the individual had not disclosed that the shooting was as a result of being the target of a marijuana grow operation rip off.”

“The police are confident that this was a targeted attack,” said Cpl. Moskaluk.

The incident is being investigated by the Vernon and Sicamous RCMP detachments with assistance from the RCMP South East District General Investigation Section.

RCMP are asking anyone with information that may assist the investigation to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878. You can also contact your local detachment or provide anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers a 1-800-222-8477.