Surrey: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is on scene in the 16500 block of 64th Avenue after a shooting left one man dead just before midnight on July 12, 2015.
The victim, 42 year old Colin Hill, engaged an unknown male who was allegedly attempting to break into his home. An altercation ensued between Colin and the suspect and during the altercation Colin was shot.
The suspect fled the scene in what was later determined to be a stolen vehicle. Emergency first responders attended, but sadly Mr. Hill was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Though the investigation is in the early stages, it is believed that this homicide was random in nature. Mr. Hill and the suspect were not known to each other.
Several hours later, just before 2:00am on July 13th, Burnaby RCMP was called to an apartment in the 7300 block of Macpherson Avenue after a witness reported a male brandishing a gun and attempting to break in. The suspect and vehicle description provided to Burnaby RCMP matched that of the one provided in relation to the Surrey homicide hours preceding.
Burnaby RCMP contained the area and subsequently arrested one male. A 22 year old Surrey male is now facing charges in relation to both incidents.
Sergeant Stephanie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for IHIT says, “Surrey RCMP moved quickly to get information out to all Lower Mainland police departments. As a result, Burnaby officers had the information they required in order to execute an arrest and keep the public safe from further harm by this individual.”
The suspect is a Surrey resident and has an extensive criminal record. IHIT has obtained charge approval for 2nd Degree murder however the suspects name will not be released until he appears in Court on July 14th 2015.
There is much work to be done today including scene processing in both Surrey and Burnaby, neighbourhood enquiries, surveillance video processing and Coroner liaising.
“There is no question that these are the most painful moments that a family can endure. For the police, they are also the hardest. And while we are confident that we have quickly taken the person responsible for this horrible crime off the streets, I am still angry at the pointless loss of life,” says Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP. “This tragic event is not related to recent shooting conflict in our city, and I remind you that if you see something or someone suspicious to please call the police.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT tipline by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you wish to remain anonymous provide your anonymous tip information on the web at solvecrime.ca or by phone at 1-800-222-8477.