Update on the homicide investigation of Paul Bennett
Surrey, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
Thu Jul 19 10:25:00 PDT 2018
File # 962
Background: On June 23, 2018 at approximately 4 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received several calls of shots fired in the 18200-block of 67A Avenue. On arrival, police found a man identified as 47-year-old Paul Bennett with gunshot wounds. Mr. Bennett was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take conduct of the investigation.
IHIT continues to work closely with its partners including the Surrey RCMP to gather evidence and advance the investigation. After careful examination of all the information collected so far, investigators believe that Mr. Bennett was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting. Investigators are pursuing various avenues of investigation and working to determine the motive behind the shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, video surveillance captured a newer model four-door Honda Civic leaving the area. Investigators would like to speak with anyone that has information about this vehicle.
The family of Mr. Bennett is appealing for the public’s help for information that could help solve his murder.
Letter from the family of Paul Bennett
We remember Paul’s life as a husband, father, brother and son as being as normal as any of our lives. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was a presence in the room. He had an easy ability to converse with anyone on any topic. He was a people person and relished to be around others. He volunteered his time freely whether it be to coach the boys in sports or to pick up an unfilled call shift at the hospital. He loved being a nurse, especially working in the operating room. He had found his element. In the midst of chaos there was always opportunity to save a life or improve it. He was a compassionate and caring individual who could be an empathetic listener. He made you feel valued and appreciated. He loved his boys and encouraged them in their sports and supported their dreams. He was Paul, one of those exceptional people not everyone is lucky to meet in their lifetime.
Paul did not have a criminal record and was not involved in criminal activity. We never thought he would die in such a senseless and violent way. There was a complete disregard to public safety as he was murdered in a quiet residential area. We are grieving and traumatized by his loss and praying to understand why this has happened to our family.
At this time, we would like to request anyone who may have information about Paul’s death to please contact the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. We would be eternally grateful if you are able to provide the police with any information. Please bear in mind every piece of information is important.
Paul spent his life helping others, now please help Paul and our family find the closure we need to move forward.
The family of Paul Bennett
Paul Bennett was an innocent victim of homicide and his death has shocked the community. This is a tragic incident and it has left a family and community devastated, says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. This is an active and ongoing investigation and we need everyone with information to come forward and speak with IHIT.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at email@example.com.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Cpl. Frank Jang
Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
Mailstop 508/509 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC, V3T 6P3
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