First degree murder suspect Justin Sandquist turns himself into Vancouver police

Justin Sandquist, 23, wanted on Canada-wide warrants in connection with the death of Aaron Cote, turned himself into Vancouver police yesterday, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives had issued several warrants last week for Sandquist’s arrest, including first-degree murder for the alleged stabbing death of Cote, 25, which occurred in a motel parking lot near Gateway Boulevard and 45 Avenue in the early morning hours on Dec. 18th.

Homicide detectives flew out to Vancouver last night, where they will interview Sandquist, before arranging for his transport back to Edmonton to face charges of first degree murder, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal hit and run. 

Background:
Southwest Division Patrol members responded to a weapon’s complaint at approximately 2:47 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Upon arrival on scene officers found a male victim on the ground in distress suffering from stab wounds. Witness statements suggest a scuffle between several males broke out in the parking lot of a nearby nightclub and culminated with a 25-year-old male sustaining stab wounds in the motel parking lot. 

The suspect fled the scene in a white Ford F-150 truck. The male victim was treated on scene and rushed to hospital by paramedics, where he succumbed to his injuries.

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