Comox Valley RCMP investigate a double homicide Wednesday morning at a Courtenay home on Urquhart Avenue.

UPDATE: Courtenay man charged with two counts of murder

Man and woman found deceased in a home on Urquhart Avenue Wednesday morning.

A 42-year-old Courtenay man has been charged with two counts of murder, following a double homicide early Wednesday morning.

The man was transported to hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot injury, and is set to appear in court in Courtenay Oct. 11.

A second man, who was arrested at the scene, has been released from custody without charge.

An autopsy for the two victims is scheduled for later this week.

Around 3 a.m. Oct. 5, police attended a residence on the 2300 block of Urquhart Avenue in Courtenay, where a woman and man were found dead in the home.

“They are known to each other, but I’m not sure of the relationship at this point,” said Const. Rob Gardner of the Comox Valley RCMP.

Darrel Carpenter, who lives just doors down from the residence, said he and his wife heard noises and screaming as they were getting ready to go to bed.

“We heard at least five, six shots. We were in our bedroom and … (my wife) heard a woman screaming and there were a couple of more shots. We thought it was someone banging on a shed or something. There’s been trouble there a few times, and actually during the summer we phoned the cops because there was a guy with a truck threatening to shoot somebody.”

Carpenter added a man and a woman had been living in the home for a couple of years, and are known in the neighbourhood as partiers, “so they’re always yelling and screaming.”

The investigation is ongoing, with assistance from the Comox Valley RCMP Forensic Identification Section and the BC Coroners Service.

Just Posted

Minor upgrades might come to Central Saanich Municipal Hall

A brand-new hall is years away, so stopgap renos will likely happen

North Saanich to debate cannabis bylaw and new business fee

District updating bylaws to reflect anticipated recreational legalization

North Saanich municipal hall comes in slighty over budget

$2,117 overrun caused by legal fees back in December

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Peninsula firefighters to arrive faster with new agreement

All three departments will now automatically respond to structure fires

Brentwood Bay tech company teams up with Silicon Valley

Updated: Medical diagnostic gear from 19 Labs ready to connect remote patients with doctors

Central Saanich fire causes ‘extensive damage’ to home

All three Saanich Peninsula fire departments responded to a structure fire on… Continue reading

B.C. umpire has developed thick skin after 30 years listening to insults

Scott McLaren pays no mind to comments from the cheap seats

Musicians Sarah Harmer, Grimes join B.C. anti-pipeline protests

Musicians are in Vancouver for the Juno Awards on Sunday night

Saanich invites input on garden suites

Early returns suggest support for the legalization of garden suites, but the… Continue reading

Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay

Island Health reports vibrio cholerae infection linked to eating herring eggs

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in B.C. before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Most Read