Abbotsford – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Jagvir Malhi.
IHIT investigators now believe that Jagvir Malhi was an unintended victim of what was a shooting targeting another individual.
“Jagvir Malhi was a young university student with no history of criminality, however there were some individuals in his life that were involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.
Background: On November 12, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m., 19-year-old Jagvir Malhi was shot and killed in the area of Ross Road and Simpson Road in Abbotsford, B.C. IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has since gathered significant evidence and has made great strides in the case with the assistance of the Abbotsford Police Department and its other policing partners.
In the early stages of the investigation, IHIT learned of a burning dark blue Acura TL found in the area of 128A Street and 109 Avenue in Surrey around 4:20 p.m. on the same afternoon as the shooting. It appeared the suspects attempted to burn the vehicle but the fire was quickly extinguished by the Surrey Fire Department before it sustained any significant damage. Based on the information gathered, investigators have definitively linked the two incidents.
An extensive neighbourhood canvass captured considerable video surveillance footage including one showing a white Mazda 3 driving in tandem with the blue Acura TL. Investigators believe the occupants of the blue Acura TL set the vehicle on fire before leaving the area in the white Mazda 3. IHIT would like to speak with anyone that has information about either vehicles.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected].
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).