Update (1:55 p.m.). . . Police are now confirmed that Angus Mitchell, the man wanted in connection two several Lower Mainland shootings, died in hospital after being shot by police Wednesday.
Update (1:10 p.m.). . . An armed and dangerous man wanted by police in connection to two homicides and an attempted murder has been shot by police, according to other media sources.
Angus Mitchell was shot during a shootout with police in Maple Ridge. Reports are that Mitchell was seriously injured in the shootout and taken to hospital.
by Dave Preston
BC RCMP has sent out a stern warning to the public to be on the lookout for a person of interest in a recent Burnaby double homicide who is also wanted for attempted murder.
Mounties are calling the situation “an urgent public safety risk” involving Angus David Mitchell, 26.
“Mitchell is armed and extremely dangerous and his whereabouts are unknown,” said Insp. Tim Shields in a release Wednesday morning.
Shields said Mitchell is believed to be armed with a high powered rifle with a scope and is believed to be living out of his 1994 green Ford Aerostar van with licence plate number 591 PTG.
“The public isa sked to be on the lookout for this van in parking lots or isolated locations where he may be staying in it overnight,” said Shields.
The RCMP warning goes out to the general public and specifically to those who may have dealings with Mitchell.
“Anyone who knows Mitchell and has had a conflict with him in the past needs to be extremely cautious about their personal safety and should contact the Burnaby RCMP,” said Shields. “This would include former coworkers, employers, landlords, roommates or anyone else who Mitchell has had a conflict with at any time in the past.”
Mitchell is wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a 51-year-old Burnaby man who was shot on May 29 in front of his home located in the 4400 block of Gilpin Crescent in Burnaby, said Shields.
“The victim survived the shooting but is in hospital in serious condition,” said Shields. “The victim is a former landlord of Mitchell.”
Mitchell is also a person of interest in the May 27 double homicide that occurred inside a sushi restaurant in Burnaby, according to Shields.
“A motive for these homicides has not been established,” Shields said.
“Mitchell is believed to be in possession of a high powered Mossberg Maverick rifle with a scope,” said Shields.
RCMP is considering Mitchell as emotionally unstable and police are calling on the public to help find him.
“If spotted he should not be approached or confronted,” said Shields. “911 should be called immediately.”
“Investigators are asking property owners of motels, restaurants and businesses to check their parking lots for Mitchell’s green Aerostar van,” said Shields.
Mitchell is a former security guard and is not known to police. He is 5’4″ tall and weighs 121 pounds.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mitchell should immediately call 911 or a special tip line at 604.294.7611.