Vancouver police investigate first homicide of 2019

Police are investigating a New Year's Day homicide.
Police are investigating a New Year's Day homicide. Global News File

Vancouver police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2019.

Police say a man was killed in the Downtown Eastside on New Year’s Day.

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Officers responding to reports of an assault found a man in medical distress following an altercation at an apartment on Powell Street near Gore Street just after 8 p.m. He later died at the scene.

“We’re not ruling anything out at this point, we’re looking at all avenues. Based on the information we’ve collected from inside the suite, from speaking to witnesses, we do not feel that this was a random event,” said Const. Jason Doucette.

Detectives identified the victim as 39-year-old Vancouver resident Matthew Dillen Johnson.

No arrests have been made.

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