Public warning issued against interacting with a member of the community

Williams Lake

2023-01-14 11:09 PST

The Williams Lake RCMP is issuing a public warning due to the increased threat to public safety. Information suggests that an individual involved in gang activity, and the violence associated with it, poses a risk to the residents of Williams Lake.

Due to the threat to the public posed by this individual through their connection to criminal activity and high level of violence, police believe that anyone associated or in close proximity to him may be putting themselves at risk.

The Williams Lake RCMP is issuing a public warning and identifying him in order for family, friends, associates and the public to take measures to increase their own personal safety.

Police are warning against the interactions with Lashway Merritt:

Lashway Merritt, 29 Years old of Williams Lake BC

This individual has recently been the victim of a shooting in 2022 which is believed to be gang related. The Williams Lake RCMP believe that this individual may still be at risk to gang-related violence. This not only poses a risk to the individual but also anyone who associates with him or anyone who is in proximity to him.

The Williams Lake RCMP is continuing their efforts to prevent gang-related violence through enforcement and suppression to send a clear message that gang-related violence will not be tolerated in Williams Lake.

The Williams Lake RCMP is asking the public to report any information about recent incidents of violence or suspicious activity to police by calling 9-1-1.

Released by

S/Sgt. Kris Clark

Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-3961
Cell: 778-228-7857


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