Tommy (Tom) Szajko (Thomas Geza) was the recipient of a medal of bravery from the Governor General in 1995 for awakening five residents of a home that was on fire, and re-entering the house after hearing another person crying for help.
He died at home last Friday. RCMP will only say the matter is in the hands of the Coroner’s Service.
Szajko – December 9, 1967 – December 1, 2017
Tommy is also connected to another story, recently…. involving a former friend – Afshin Maleki Ighani
Thomas Geza Szajko, a resident of a house on Tulameen Avenue in Oliver was surrounded by heavily armed RCMP officers April 19, 2017 and was the victim of a gunshot wound from an incident that evening.
Afshin Maleki Ighani is accused of shooting Szajko with a handgun and has since been charged with attempted murder.
RCMP swarmed the area around Szajko’s home, believing Ighani was holed up in a motorhome on the property. After discovering the trailer was empty, Ighani was the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant, ultimately captured in Princeton on the weekend following.
Ighani has a history of run-ins with the law, including two deportation orders, those currently going through the courts. Ighani is also accused of possessing cocaine according to court documents.