A 38-year-old Langley man who was shot to death in his own driveway was known to police in Montreal.
While Jeremy Olivier Bettan did not have a criminal record, court records show he was charged by Quebec authorities in 2007 with a number of criminal offences including assault and uttering death threats.
It’s not clear if he ever went to trial.
Bettan lived with his wife, two young sons and a teenaged daughter in a house with several external security cameras and a beware-of-the-dog sign in the 9100 block of 207 Street.
Around 9 p.m. on Boxing Day, police arrived to find the casually dressed Bettan lying sprawled on the driveway in front of the garage of the newer two-storey house, one leg still inside the open drivers’ side door of a dark mid-size M-class Mercedes-Benz luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Someone had shot through the drivers’ side window at least eight times.
It was one of four Christmas-time homicides in the Lower Mainland, the other three in Surrey.
Investigators with the regional Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said none of the killings appeared to be connected.
Two of the Surrey cases and the Langley case were said to be the apparent result of “lifestyle” choices, IHIT said, while the victim of a third Surrey killing, a convenience store clerk, has been pointedly described as an “innocent” person by IHIT commander Supt. Dan Malo in media interviews.
IHIT asked anyone with information regarding the case to contact the IHIT tip lines by calling 1-877-551-IHIT(4448) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their website at Solvecrime.ca
– with files from CTV