UPDATED: Arrest made and charges laid in Whistler shooting
Charges of first degree murder have been laid in the Whistler double-homicide.
Background: On July 24, 2022 at around 12:19 p.m., the Sea-to-Sky Whistler RCMP responded to shots fired at the Sundial Boutique Hotel in Whistler. First responders arrived and found two men deceased. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and is working in partnership with the Sea-to-Sky Whistler RCMP.
To further the investigation, the victims were identified as Satindera Gill and Meninder Dhaliwal. Both men were known to police. Meninder Dhaliwal was of several individuals identified by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) as posing a significant risk to public safety with connections to gangs.
Homicide investigators worked rapidly with Sea-to-Sky RCMP and collected crucial evidence with the assistance of the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) quickly leading to suspects being located and apprehended on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Additional CFSEU-BC resources have been deployed to Whistler to assist with the investigative needs.
On July 25, 2022, following a consultation with BC Prosecution Service, charges of first-degree murder were approved against 24-year-old Gursimran Sahota, from Surrey and 20-year-old Tanvir Khakh, from Surrey.
“This act was outrageous and shock to the visitors and community of Whistler,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “these results are thanks to the real-time information provided and the quick actions of the First Responders.”
IHIT investigators and its partners worked continuously in processing the scene and collecting the appropriate evidence to secure these charges.
Three other individuals were arrested along with Khakh and Sahota. The extent of their involvement is still being determined. This investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at email@example.com.
Whistler RCMP can confirm that two people have been arrested and two people have died in relation to the shots fired calls near the Sundial Hotel that police received earlier today.
One person died at the scene, and the second succumbed to injuries while receiving medical attention at a local medical clinic.
The incident happened in the village area out in the open. The police have not yet determined if this incident and a recently located burned car are related, or if the incidents are related to ongoing gang conflict.
I’m confident with the work done by our investigators that there remains no risk to community safety, says Inspector Robert Dykstra, Officer in Charge of the Sea to Sky RCMP.
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Further information as it becomes available.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the above file to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to http://www.solve crime.ca
On July 24,, at about 12:19 p.m., Whistler RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at a local area hotel.
The investigation is in its early stages. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been engaged with local investigators, and other units are also supporting the investigation.
While this matter is very serious and the investigation is in its infancy, we can say there is no ongoing risk to public safety, says Cpl. Angela Kermer, Media Relations Officer for the Sea to Sky RCMP.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the above file to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to http://www.solvecrime.ca
Further information to follow when available.