IHIT investigating after early morning stabbing – Charge Approval against Gurtarn “Tarn” SANDHU

Surrey: On Sunday March 26, 2017 just after 6:00 a.m. the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 17000 block of 57th Avenue.  When police arrived, a male victim was located inside the residence suffering wounds received from an edged weapon.  The male victim was transported to hospital, but despite all medical efforts the male victim died as a result of his injuries.  A male suspect was located at the scene by police, and was taken into custody.

As this was quickly deemed a homicide, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct.  IHIT is working closely with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and the B.C. Coroner’s Service to gather and review evidence.

The investigation remains on-going, however, investigators have secured a homicide related charge against the male suspect, identified as 27-year-old Gurtarn “Tarn” SANDHU.  Mr. Sandhu has been charged with Manslaughter in the death of the male victim identified as 36-year-old, Jaspreet “Jesse” DHALIWAL.  Mr. Sandhu is scheduled to appear in court later this afternoon.

“This altercation occurred between parties known to each other, and was not random.”  Cpl. Meghan FOSTER of IHIT says, “This matter is now before the courts, and limited information can be provided as the court process will be honoured.”


Victim of fatal shooting in Abbotsford was associate of two men previously gunned down

  • by Vikki Hopes – Abbotsford News

The Abbotsford News has learned that the victim of the fatal shooting Friday afternoon on Chase Street is Jaskarn Lally, an associate of two Abbotsford men previously gunned down in gang-related killings.

The shooting took place at about 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 3500 block of Chase Street.

Sgt. Judy Bird said police were called to a residence, where they located a 20-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bird said the incident appears to be targeted.

The investigation is still in its early stages and is being transitioned to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Lally was previously named in civil court documents that detailed the fatal shooting of Harwin Baringh, 18, in October 2014 on Sparrow Drive.

The documents stated that Baringh was a member of the “Chahil crime group” at the time.

He was in his vehicle with a passenger, when they stopped at the side of the road. A second vehicle, occupied by his associates Lally and Navdeep Sidhu, pulled up beside them, and the two groups had a conversation.

Surveillance cameras later captured those two vehicles being blocked in the road by two other cars, and then gunshots being exchanged among occupants of the four vehicles, according to the court documents.

Three cars fled the scene, but Baringh’s Jeep remained, and he was found dead, slumped over in the driver’s seat. To date, nobody has been charged in his death.

The province’s civil forfeiture office successfully sued to seize two of the vehicles involved in the incident, saying they had been used to “engage in a violent ongoing gang conflict” between the Chahil and Dhaliwal crime groups.

Navdeep Sidhu, 24, also faced a violent death more than two years after Baringh’s killing. He was one of two men found shot to death in a vehicle in Edmonton two months ago. (The other was Harman Mangat, 22, also tied to the gang conflict in Abbotsford.)

large funeral was held for Sidhu on Jan. 19 at the Fraser River Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

Lally had several charges before the courts, including for an incident that occurred in February 2015 in Dawson Creek.

He went to trial on seven firearms charges in relation to what police said was a gang-related shooting.

According to RCMP, a man was abducted, driven to a gravel pit and shot several times in the legs. The man survived and dragged himself to a road, where a motorist picked him up and dropped him at the hospital.

All the charges against co-accused Anthony Larsen were stayed, and a verdict had not yet been issued against Lally in the matter.

Also in Dawson Creek, Lally was convicted of mischief in relation to a March 2015 incident. He was sentenced to a $500 fine, according to the provincial court database.

He was also due to appear April 14 in Abbotsford provincial court to have a one-year peace bond (restraining order) placed against him. He had been charged with assault, but that charge was stayed in exchange for a $500 fine and a peace bond.

Lally’s killing is Abbotsford’s third murder of the year.

Satkar Sidhu, 23, was fatally shot Feb. 20 on Steelhead Court, and the body of Joseph Kellington, 24, of Mission was found March 3 on a property on Ross Road.Police have not released his cause of death.

Anyone with information about Lally’s killing is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

B.C. Mountie exonerated in brief conference call, cleared to return to duty


After more than 40 months of paid suspension, a B.C. Mountie was exonerated Tuesday in a swift two-minute phone call.

It’s the latest twist in a case that stemmed from a fall 2012 incident in which two cars were reported stolen from the Osoyoos home of Const. Amit Goyal. Since then, Goyal has faced a criminal investigation, a separate civil lawsuit, and has seen his RCMP conduct hearing rescheduled at least six times since disciplinary action began in November 2013.

The saga’s latest chapter ended Tuesday, when the RCMP withdrew all charges and exonerated Goyal, clearing the way for him to return to active duty. The hearing was held via video- and tele-conference, with three RCMP adjudication board officers dialling in from Regina, Edmonton, and Ottawa.

The last time the adjudication board convened in person, in a Richmond hotel in September, the matter was adjourned after Goyal’s lawyer John Benkendorf told the hearing that after reviewing new evidence,  he felt “this hearing would be an embarrassment for the RCMP were it to proceed.”

Goyal was facing “extremely serious allegations,” Benkendorf said after Tuesday’s hearing. He had been accused of committing insurance fraud by allegedly abandoning his Audi S5 and an on-loan Ford Ranger on Anarchist Mountain on the outskirts of Osoyoos, torching them and then reporting them stolen.

In the two-minute hearing, the lawyer representing the RCMP, John Reid, said new evidence submitted by Benkendorf in September was “persuasive enough” to convince Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens “it is not in the public interest to proceed, as there is no reasonable likelihood of substantiation.”

“The member (Goyal) has been exonerated by this evidence,” Reid said.

The chair of the adjudication board, Insp. Bernard Tremblay said from Ottawa: “Alright, well, since the allegations are withdrawn, there is nothing left for this board to adjudicate. So, Const. Goyal, unless you’re suspended for any other reason, I expect you’ll be returning to active duty shortly, and wish you good luck going forward. This concludes the proceedings.”

In a statement after Tuesday’s hearing, Callens said: “This protracted process and lack of timely resolution is why the RCMP welcomed the legislative changes to the RCMP Act in 2014. The new conduct process allows misconduct to be addressed in a more responsive, timely and effective manner.”

B.C. RCMP Sgt. Annie Linteau said in an email that Goyal “will have to complete all mandatory requirements before returning to full duty,” but as for a timeline, “that is a difficult question to answer.”

Goyal was not able to comment on the case, Benkendorf said, but he was “relieved it’s over,” glad to be cleared, and eager to return to duty.

“It’s fair to say, in the 16 years I’ve been a lawyer, I’ve never seen a case like this,” Benkendorf said. “I’ve never had something like that, where it was such a difference between what it appeared to be, and what it actually was.”

An early suspect in the car thefts was a local man with a criminal record, court filings show. But the investigation soon turned to Goyal, and RCMP officers from an outside detachment told The Province in 2014 they recommended criminal charges of arson and fraud against Goyal, though the charges were never approved by the Criminal Justice Branch. Goyal was also named in a civil lawsuit filed last June by a former Osoyoos resident, although there has been no activity on the file in the past year, and it was unclear if the action would proceed.

Jawahar Singh Padda of Gateway Pizza in Surrey charges with four counts

Surrey: RCMP arrested the owner of Gateway Pizza, Jawahar Singh Padda on November 1st after police was called to Gateway Pizza.  Mr. Padda was taken into custody and later released on $25,000 bail.  Mr. Padda is facing four charges, including pointing a firearm, uttering threats, forcible confinement w/o lawful authority and assault.  Padda is expected to re-appear in front of Judge on November 24th 2016.

Karman Singh Grewal, and Elson Blue Joy charged in Fentanyl and Cocaine bust

By Caley Ramsay

Global News

Two people from British Columbia have been charged following a drug seizure in Grande Prairie earlier this month.

More than one kilogram of cocaine and nearly 150 fentanyl pills were seized from two Grande Prairie homes on Oct. 13.

The seizure came following a month-long investigation by members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and Grande Prairie RCMP.

The following items, worth more than $150,000, were seized from the homes:

  • 1 kilogram of cocaine
  • 146 fentanyl pills
  • 155 grams of marijuana
  • 175 millilitres of GHB
  • Two body armour vests
  • $56,120 cash proceeds of crime

“The seizure and the disruption of this criminal group will help to reduce the negative community impact created by the local drug trade,” Supt. Don McKenna with the Grande Prairie RCMP said.

“This seizure highlights the importance of a coordinated provincial effort to stem the movement and sale of controlled substances.”

Karman Singh Grewal, 24, of Langley, B.C. has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs and possession of proceeds of crime.

Elson Blue Joy, 22, of Kelowna, B.C. has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and possession of body armour.

Watch Below: A member of the RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response Team demonstrates how fentanyl pills are made, during a conference in Edmonton Thursday.

The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Alberta has drastically increased over the past five years. In 2011, there were six deaths in the province connected to the drug; that number spiked to 274 deaths in 2015.

In the first six months of 2016, 153 people in Alberta died from apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl.

A body has been found in Langley

Langley: RCMP in Langley is investigating Homicide after a body was found on roadside in Langley.

The Integrated Homicide Team has shut down Robertson Crescent between 240 and 244 Streets after a dismembered body was found early Wednesday morning.

Langley RCMP says the road will remain closed until they have completed their investigation of the area. A passing motorist discovered human remains on the side of the road and called the police.

No details are being provided by police at this time.

Arrest in Surrey may be related to Langley shooting case

Surrey:  RCMP says an arrest in Surrey may be connected to a Langley shooting incident on the weekend.

RCMP took one man into custody around 10 a.m. by RCMP at 152 Street and 72 Avenue.

Initial reports suggest the man may have been involved in one of two incidents in Langley on Sunday, one a homicide in the 23700 block of 72 Avenue, the other a shooting that wounded one man in Aldergrove.


Surrey Detachment welcomes new Officer in Charge

The City of Surrey appoints Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald as the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP detachment.

After a selection and interview process led by Mayor Linda Hepner and Commanding Officer of the RCMP in BC (E Division), Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, a candidate was chosen. With the support of the RCMP Commissioner, their recommendation was ratified by Surrey City Council on Monday afternoon.

C/Supt. McDonald will carry on the tradition of exemplary leaders we have been fortunate to have at Surrey detachment, said Mayor Linda Hepner. As we move forward with our public safety strategy, Dwayne’s high level experience combined with his progressive and community first approach to policing will make a real difference in the lives of Surrey residents.

C/Supt. Dwayne McDonald

During his 21 years of service in the RCMP, C/Supt. McDonald has spent time in the Lower Mainland and has gained a broad base of policing experience at both the local level and at the operational level. His policing career started at Burnaby RCMP and has included turns as a senior investigator at the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC), and most recently as the Office in Charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Surrey is a dynamic and growing city that will benefit from C/Supt. McDonald’s extensive experience in policing and his collaborative leadership style, says D/Commr. Craig Callens. I am impressed by his accomplishments as well as the commitment to public safety that he has demonstrated throughout his career.

C/Supt. McDonald is now the new Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, the largest RCMP detachment in Canada and the second largest municipal police force in British Columbia. A transition plan is in place that will have him taking on the additional responsibilities over the next few weeks.

C/Supt. McDonald is an excellent choice to lead Surrey RCMP, says Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, Lower Mainland District Commander and outgoing Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge. I have a great deal of respect for him as both a police officer and a person, and I know Surrey Detachment is in great hands.

Surrey RCMP celebrated by business community

Surrey, October 6, 2016 Surrey RCMP officers, auxiliaries, support staff, and volunteers were recognized at the Surrey Board of Trade’s 20th annual Police Officer of the Year Awards for their exemplary service and commitment to making Surrey a safer place to live and do business.

Sergeant Lyndsay O’Ruaric was named this year’s Police Officer of the Year (as nominated by the community) for her work leading the detachment’s Special Victims Unit team that works at Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre. Sgt. O’Ruaric was recognized for her commitment to the long-term care and support of vulnerable children who have experienced trauma.

Constable Chris Jones was named this year’s Police Officer of the Year (as nominated by his peers) for his passion for justice and genuine care for the vulnerable and exploited of our community as a member of the Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit.

Other award winners included:

  • Auxiliary Constable Mark Elson – Auxiliary Constable of the Year
  • Jody Nelson – Municipal Employee of the Year
  • D’Arcy Nelson – Volunteer of the Year
  • Priority Target Offender Unit – Arnold Silzer Community Policing Initiative Award
  • Domestic Violence Unit – Police Team Award
  • Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre – Police and Business Partnership Award

I am very proud of the work of this detachment and the community in continuously striving to create a healthier and safer Surrey, says Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, Lower Mainland District Commander. The strong partnership that exists between the police and the local business community here is evident. I thank the Surrey Board of Trade for hosting this event for 20 years and the businesses that have supported this event, year after year.

The relationship between business and the RCMP is important because we are both working towards a healthy and safe community for our residents and businesses, says Anita Patil Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. The Surrey Board of Trade celebrates the work of the Surrey RCMP because they do excellent work in ensuring the safety of our city and our businesses. Their jobs are not easy. Their innovation, work ethic, and cross-collaboration make the Surrey RCMP leaders in Canada. In this 20th anniversary, the Surrey Board of Trade is proud to celebrate the Surrey RCMP in this unique event in Canada.

Congratulations to all award winners and nominees. Partial proceeds from this event go towards the RCMP Youth Academy.

Help police identify robbery suspects

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two males who allegedly committed a robbery at a local business last month.

On September 10, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 15100 block of 96th Avenue. Two male suspects entered the store and physically restrained the clerk before robbing the business and then fleeing in a vehicle westbound on 96th Avenue.

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two males who allegedly committed a robbery at a local business last month.

On September 10, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, Surrey RCMP received a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 15100 block of 96th Avenue. Two male suspects entered the store and physically restrained the clerk before robbing the business and then fleeing in a vehicle westbound on 96th Avenue.

The same suspect vehicle is believed to be involved in two motor vehicle collisions with police vehicles during its attempt to flee the area soon after the robbery. The vehicle, which was confirmed stolen, was eventually abandoned in a neighouring jurisdiction. While some stolen items were recovered, both suspects remain outstanding.

Surveillance photos of the suspects are now available and the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspects involved.

Suspect #1 is described as a dark-skinned male, in his mid 20’s, wearing a black baseball hat, black hoodie with red North Face lettering across the front, and grey track pants (see photo attached).

suspect #1

Suspect #2 is described as a heavy set Caucasian male, with short spiky hair, facial hair, and wearing a white t-shirt, chain necklace, and black pants. A photo of suspect #2 was obtained shortly after the robbery (see photo attached). During the robbery, suspect #2 was wearing a black Tapout jacket, a white belt, wig, black mask, and pink trucker’s hat (see photo attached).

suspect #2 shortly after the robbery  suspect #2

Robberies like this are obviously frightening for the employees as well as damaging to the business, says Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann. These suspects were also involved in multiple crimes in the community so we are hopeful someone will recognize them and call us with more information.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file # 2016-131324.
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