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Manslaughter charge laid after man died following altercation with security at TWU

Langley RCMP attend the scene of an incident involving a 31-year-old agitated man who was later admitted to hospital in critical condition following an altercation with Campus Security on Wednesday afternoon.
Langley RCMP attend the scene of an incident involving a 31-year-old agitated man who was later admitted to hospital in critical condition following an altercation with Campus Security on Wednesday afternoon. Pat White

Charges have been laid against a security guard after a man died following an alleged fight with campus security at Trinity Western University in Langley last fall.

Jack Cruthers Hutchison, 51, is accused of one count of manslaughter in the death of Howard Glen Hill on or about Sept. 30, 2020.

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Langley RCMP members were called to Trinity Western University just before 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 for a report of an agitated man on campus who was involved in an altercation with security, according to an Oct. 9 news release from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

When they arrived, a 31-year-old Langley man was found unresponsive and taken to hospital. Several days later, homicide investigators took over the case.

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In the release, Detective Lara Jansen said police believe this was an isolated incident unrelated to the Lower Mainland gang conflict, and that the public is not at risk.

Trinity Western University told Global News that the security person involved in the Sept. campus incident was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Dec. 22, 2020, and that the employee is not currently working on campus.

“This individual is on medical leave due to injuries sustained during the altercation,” said TWU public relations director Winnie Lui.

Hutchison is scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Feb. 4.

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