A 63-year-old man was charged with second degree murder Wednesday following a stabbing that left one person dead and onlookers shaken and horrified.
Gerald Leslie Dolman was arrested at the scene Tuesday following a series of events that finally lead to the death of a 49-year-old Chilliwack man in the crowded parking lot of a downtown supermarket.
According to the Integrated Homicide Team that took over investigation of the case, they believe Dolman and the victim knew each other.
The incident began around 3 p.m. with a hit-and-run on First Ave between Spadina and Young. A cyclist was down and paramedics were on route.
According to police, witnesses told them that it appeared Dolman was following the victim in his car when he struck the cyclist.
The two vehicles carried on through the busy SaveOnFoods parking lot before colliding at the Yale Road entrance.
An altercation ensued and one driver chased the other on foot into the parking lot where he stabbed the second driver multiple times.
Police were on scene within minutes.
The suspect was taken into custody while frantic efforts were made to resuscitate the victim. While one woman sobbed inconsolably, and a clutch of middle school students released for the afternoon from school looked on, police, firefighters and paramedics struggled unsuccessfully to revive the man.
“The quick action of UFVRD RCMP led to the speedy arrest of Mr. Dolman, said Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, media relations officer for IHIT, “ensuring evidence was preserved and risk to the public was mitigated.
“The response from the public in providing information about this incident played a part in ensuring IHIT obtained charge approval,” she added, “however there may still be witnesses who have not spoken to police, we ask that those people contact IHIT investigators as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about this incident can contact IHIT by telephone at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or on the web at solvecrime.ca.
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