IHIT activated after Christmas Eve homicide in Langley

Dec 27 2019, 9:08 am

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been activated after a homicide in Langley that took place on Christmas Eve.

According to an emailed statement, the incident took place on Tuesday at approximately 9:23 pm. Frontline officers with the Langley RCMP, as well as the Langley Fire Department, responded to reports of an unresponsive man at the 2900 blocks of 224 street.

Police say that despite resuscitation attempts, the man was pronounced deceased at the scene. IHIT was called in shortly after.

One person who was present at the scene was taken into custody, although they were later released. The man was later identified as 67-year-old Dennis Johnston of Langley.

Police also say that at this point in time, it’s believed that the incident is isolated, and unrelated to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

“We urge anyone who was with Mr. Johnston or has details of his activities prior to his death to speak with investigators,” says Detective Lara Jansen, Media Relations Officer at IHIT. “We know Mr. Johnston was at a social gathering earlier in the day on Christmas Eve and encourage those who were there or saw him there to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.