Homicide investigators called after injured man found in Surrey, B.C. car dies

RCMP in Surrey, B.C. believe criminality was a factor in the death of a man who was found unresponsive in a vehicle in the 8800-block of 127 Street on Tues. Sept. 20, 2022. Lee Brown/THE CANADIAN PRESS

An injured man who was found “unresponsive” in a vehicle in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday has died, launching a homicide investigation.

Mounties received a report of a man passed out in a running vehicle in the 8800-block of 127 Street around 9:25 a.m., and the first responders who found him were unable to save his life, they said in a Tuesday news release.

Criminality is believed to be a factor and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been deployed, RCMP said.

IHIT has now identified the victim as 27-year-old Richard Ofosuhene, from Edmonton. Investigators said Ofosuhene was known to police and had ties to drug trafficking in Alberta.

Investigators believe this is an isolated incident that does not appear to be connected to the Lower Mainland gang conflict, IHIT said but a motive is yet to be confirmed.

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“IHIT investigators are working closely with Surrey RCMP to canvass the area for witnesses,” Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of IHIT said in a release.

“We’re urging anyone who was in the area of 88 Avenue and 127 Street, who has yet to speak with police to contact IHIT”

IHIT is asking any witnesses or anyone traveling in the 8800-block of 127 Street, Surrey between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2022, with dash cameras, to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email.


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