Raid at Langley home connected to search for 'dangerous' murder suspect
A search warrant executed at a home in Langley, B.C. Wednesday was connected to the hunt for a murder suspect police have described as "extremely dangerous."
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team descended on a home in the 7300 block of 202A Street in the afternoon as the RCMP's Air 1 helicopter hovered overhead.
CTV News has confirmed they were looking for Brandon Nathan Teixeira, 27, who is wanted in the death of Nicholas Khabra.
Khabra, 28, victim was gunned down on Crescent Road in Surrey last October. A woman was also injured in the shooting, and a vehicle was found burning in Langley a short time later.
Teixeira was charged with first-degree murder two weeks ago, but when police tried to arrest him, he managed to get away during what the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team described as a "fast-paced, dynamic situation."
IHIT released photos of the suspect and warned the public that he's considered dangerous. He may have access to weapons, and could have changed his appearance by shaving and covering his tattoos, IHIT said.
On Thursday, officials told CTV they'd received information that led them to believe he may be inside the home in Langley. They secured a search warrant and raided the home Wednesday.
When asked why so many officers were brought in, IHIT said Teixeira is elusive and dangerous. The CFSEU and ERT were involved for safety reasons.
Three people were taken away in handcuffs but they were released without charges.
Teixeira remains at large, and while officials say he could be anywhere, they believe he's still in the Lower Mainland. However, he has associates in Calgary and Edmonton, and officials are still asking residents of those cities to watch for him.
The accused is described as white, 5-10 and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair, and a sleeve tattoo on his left arm. He also has a snake tattoo on the left side of his chest.
Anyone who sees Teixeira is asked to call 911 immediately. Those with information relating to the case can call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 (IHIT) or Crime Stoppers anonymously.
With files from CTV Vancouver's Michele Brunoro