64-year-old dies after assault near Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park

Aug 11 2020, 8:33 am

Vancouver Police are asking for witnesses to step forward after an assault that led to the death of a 64-year-old man.

On Thursday, August 6, at approximately 5:30 pm, Jeff Strom was assaulted in the area of East Cordova and Dunlevy — outside the perimeter of Oppenheimer Park.

Strom, a Vancouver resident, was rushed to the hospital with “serious injuries,” but he passed away in the hospital two days later.

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) says that James Frederick Fierheller, who has no fixed address, was initially arrested for “assault causing bodily harm.”

The charges have since been upgraded to manslaughter, with authorities asking for any witnesses to come forward and help the investigation.

“We believe there may be additional witnesses to the altercation who have not yet spoken with detectives,” says Sergeant Aaron Roed, VPD, in a statement. “Any information they can provide could be critical to the investigation.”

In addition to witnesses, police are also looking for dashcam footage from any drivers who were in the area during the time.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

This is Vancouver’s 10th homicide of 2020.

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