Bail hearing set for Chilliwack River Valley shooting suspect

Peter Anthony Kampos charged with attempted murder; suspected in series of shooting at commercial trucks up north

A bail hearing is set next week for the man charged with attempted murder in connection with a March 25 shooting in the Chilliwack River Valley.

Peter Anthony Kampos, 38, appeared via video link in Chilliwack provincial court on April 10 to confirm the date of April 18 for a bail hearing.

Kampos, who faces one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm without a licence, is also the suspect in a bizarre series of shootings at commercial trucks over a 14-hour period in along highways between 100 Mile House and Prince George before the March 25 incident.

A 39-year-old Chilliwack man was airlifted to hospital on March 25 after being shot while in his vehicle in the Chilliwack River Valley near the Ford Mountain Forest Road. He was able to elude his attacker, eventually seeking help and medical aid from army personnel who were training nearby.

Chilliwack RCMP, including air, dog and tactical units were able to locate the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident.

Kampos remains in custody and appeared coherent and calm during his April 10 video appearance. He did, however, tell the court that he thought he was only charged with possession of a weapon.

When told by Judge Robert Browning that he also faced a charge of attempted murder, Kampos said that was not in the information he had received.

“Well, talk to your lawyer,” Browning told him.

“I don’t have access to the canteen, I have no money thus I cannot make calls to my lawyer,” Kampos responded.

“Lawyer calls are free,” Browning said.

Little is known about Kampos, who is believed to be from Ontario, but there are a series of bizarre postings on a Facebook page. Under the intro heading on the page it says: “I am the big boss now who gets to go on witch hunts all across South America.”

A posting from July 4, 2016: “Death to ‘Living Gold’ as it is a form of living colour and are the magnetic replicators that give witches their high res holographic heads up display and altered dreams!!!”

The most recent post from Oct. 25, 2016 says in part: “Even Cuba couldn’t kill me. They fell for all my traps!! Good luck aliens on Earth as I now have tactical advantage over so much.”

Kampos has no other criminal appearances in B.C. according to Court Services Online, except for a driving infraction from 100 Mile House in February 2016.

A news report from Singapore from 2015 said he was fined $600 for pushing the emergency panel of a commuter train driver’s cabin and entering.

The family of the shooting victim has since set up a fundraising page.

Police are also continuing their investigation into a series of vehicle shootings that spanned a 14-hour period, beginning March 24 at 1 p.m. So far, police have received 22 reports of commercial trucks believed to have been shot and one report involving a passenger vehicle.

“We are asking those who may have travelled Highway 37 on March 24 between Kitimat and Terrace, Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince George as well as Highway 97 from Prince George to 100 Mile House to carefully examine their vehicle for suspicious damage,” said RCMP spokesperson S/Sgt. Annie Linteau. “We are asking anyone who may have been the victim of a suspicious incident allegedly involving Mr. Kampos or the vehicle he was driving to contact their local detachment”.

Investigators of the Chilliwack Serious Crime Unit are continuing their investigation of the incident, which will include looking at Kampos’ movements prior to March 24 and possible motivations.

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Police turned back traffic at the Borden Creek bridge in the Chilliwack River Valley after a bizarre string of shootings culminating in an arrest on March 25. (Greg Laychak/ Black Press)

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