Man wanted in connection to Chilliwack murders released from prison 2 weeks earlier
WATCH ABOVE: There are concerns tonight among people in Chilliwack after a man suspected of a double murder was released from jail. Tanya Beja has more.
VANCOUVER – More details are being released today about the man wanted in connection with two murders in the Fraser Valley.
Police are warning the public about 33-year-old Aaron James David Douglas. They believe he is armed and dangerous and have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for his capture.
He’s been identified as a suspect in the shooting deaths of two men and the attempted murder of a woman inside a Chilliwack home last Thursday.
Douglas has a lengthy criminal record, spanning nearly a decade.
“We do know him to have a criminal history,” said IHIT spokesperson Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound. “We do know him to be violent at times and for that reason we’re asking the public not to approach him.”
The two homicide victims have been identified as 38-year-old Richard Blackmon and 36-year-old Tyler Belcourt. IHIT said the female victim will not be identified.
Investigators say Douglas knew both Blackmon and Belcourt but won’t comment on what provoked the murders.
Douglas had only been released from prison two weeks before the shootings. He served 19 months in jail facing an attempted murder charge in another case, but the charge was stayed in court.
“In this case, during the course of the trial, Crown was no longer satisfied that the evidence that was available provided the substantial likelihood of conviction,” said Neil MacKenzie, spokesperson for the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch. “And as a result, directed a stay of proceedings on the charge.”
Douglas now faces two charges of first-degree murder and an attempted murder charge.
If you see Douglas call 9-1-1 immediately.
– With files from Tanya Beja
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