Suspicious West End death now being investigated as homicide: VPD

Sep 12 2019, 11:14 am

After police responded to a “suspicious death” in Vancouver’s West End earlier this week, investigators now say the incident is being treated as a homicide.

On Tuesday evening, just after 8 pm officers were called to the area of Pendrell Street and Thurlow Street for reports of an “incident that left a man with life-threatening injuries.”

The victim was rushed to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was identified as 29-year-old Vancouver resident Kyle Vincent Gabriel.

On Thursday morning, police announced that in addition to treating the death as a homicide, they had also arrested a 23-year-old in connection with the case.

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The suspect was apprehended in the same area as where the homicide took place, and during his arrest, he allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to injure a police dog.

At this point, the homicide investigation is ongoing and no charges related to the homicide have been laid at this time.

However, because of the altercation between the suspect and police on Wednesday, charges of assaulting a police officer and assaulting a police service dog, related to the arrest, have been recommended to Crown counsel.

Police said the murder itself was believed to be an isolated incident. It is the city’s seventh homicide of the year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.