39-year-old man killed on New Year's Day in Vancouver's first homicide of 2019

Jan 2 2019, 7:19 pm

Vancouver Police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2019 after a man in his 30s was killed Tuesday evening in the city’s Downtown Eastside.

According to police, the incident happened just after 8 pm, when officers were called to an assault inside an apartment on Powell Street near Gore Street.

Upon their arrival, police found a man inside his suite in “obvious medical distress.”  He did not survive.

Detectives from the VPD’s Homicide Unit have identified the victim as 39-year-old Vancouver resident Matthew Dillen Johnson.

At this point, police said no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

“Investigators are continuing to collect evidence to determine what led to the man’s death and who is responsible,” the VPD said. “Based on the initial investigation, detectives do not believe the public is at risk.”

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call police at 604-717-2500 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leave a . tip online.

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