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Homicide Unit

The Homicide Unit is part of the Major Crime Section. The unit is composed of 18 senior detectives divided into two teams, each headed by a sergeant, along with four civilian support staff.

The primary responsibilities of the Homicide Unit include the investigation of:

  • all murders
  • all attempt murders where death is imminent
  • all sudden deaths where suspicious circumstances exist
  • all kidnappings and / or extortions where a hostage is involved
  • all in-custody deaths
  • all officer-involved shootings
  • any other case deemed appropriate by senior management

Homicide is a highly sought-after posting and all members have been handpicked for outstanding investigative skills demonstrated in other detective squads. The Homicide Unit has a long tradition of excellence, with members sharing a fierce pride in the work they do and that which has been done by the detectives who came before.

Unsolved Vancouver Homicide Cases

ALLEN, Claude

ALLEN, Claude

  • Case #: 00-259113
  • 38 years
  • ALLEN was beaten and shot during a scuffle involving numerous dark-skinned males. This occurred on November 12, 2000 at a Caribbean dance inside a rented hall at 1134 Kingsway.
DUMAIS, Desmond Adam

DUMAIS, Desmond Adam

  • Case #: 01-124983
  • 20 years
  • DUMAIS was stabbed and beaten to death in the South lane of 800 East Hastings St. on June 10, 2001.
HERMAN, Violet Delores

HERMAN, Violet Delores

  • Case #: 02-154421
  • 40 years
  • HERMAN, a drug addict and prostitute, was stabbed to death at the rear of 133 West Pender St. on July 10, 2002. She was a regular visitor to the building, which is a social housing facility. Detectives feel that she may have known her killer.



  • Case #: 02-139552
  • 31 years
  • KANDOLA, a well-known underworld figure in the Indo-Canadian community, was shot to death from a passing vehicle as he got out of a cab in front of his building in the 1500 Block of West Pender St. in the early morning hours of June 23, 2002.


  • Case #: 01-188907
  • 45 years
  • MARQUIS was involved in a fight on August 21, 2001 in the 500 Gore Ave., in which he sustained head injuries. He died at Vancouver General Hospital on August 25, 2001 without regaining consciousness.


  • Case #: 01-295890
  • 42 years
  • PARIS, a small-time drug dealer, was stabbed to death in Victory Square on November 28, 2001. Witnesses described the suspects as two Black males. A second man was also stabbed in the same incident, but survived.


RAI, Saranjit "Gary"

  • Case #: 01-172973
  • 22 years
  • RAI was shot to death, execution-style, by a single gunman in a hair salon at 6480 Victoria Dr. on August 3, 2001. A second man, Bal BUTTAR (25 years) was also shot but survived. Detectives are certain this murder is related to the string of drug-related killings in the Lower Mainland's Indo-Canadian community over the past 10 years.


  • Case #: 01-089696
  • 27 years
  • ROGERS was shot to death in a gas station lot at 57th & Oak St. on April 27, 2001. A second man with ROGERS was also shot but survived his wounds. Investigation indicates ROGERS was lured to the spot then ambushed. Detectives believe this crime may be related to the March 9, 2001 murder of Donald ROMING.
ROMING, Donald

ROMING, Donald

  • Case #: 01-048397
  • 40 years
  • Synopsis: ROMING, a member of the Nomads motorcycle gang was shot to death on March 9, 2001 outside Bar None following a dispute with two men.
SZMULSKI, Andrzis "Andre"

SZMULSKI, Andrzis "Andre"

  • Case #: 02-124415
  • 50 years
  • SZMULSKI was found by two 10-year-old boys on June 5, 2002 lying in the water at the shore of the Fraser River off the south foot of Salish Dr. in the Musqueum Reserve. It is believed that he was killed elsewhere.

Contact the VPD Homicide Unit

Contact the VPD Homicide Unit by phone at (604) 717-2500 or by fax at (604) 606-2728 Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

After hours and weekend incidents requiring immediate investigation are dealt with by calling detectives out from home.

Support for Families of Homicide Victims

See Victim Services for support resources.

Help the VPD Catch a Killer

Take a look at the stories on the VPD Cold Cases website and see if you can help the VPD catch a killer.

Willene Chong Homicide

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information in the Willene Chong homicide.

Sgt. Sam Andrews

Sam Andrews

Sgt. Sam Andrews joined the VPD in 1946 and was a long-time member of the Homicide Unit, retiring in 1981. Even though he only had a grade eight education, Sam's investigative skills and ability to solve tough murders were legendary.

While Sam passed away some years ago, he remains an icon. His picture sits on the East wall of the Homicide Unit office as a daily inspiration to those who have had the honour to work in the Homicide Unit.