IHIT seeks witnesses in altercation at Surrey Central City Mall

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is asking anyone who was a witness to an altercation in a Surrey mall in June of this year to contact them. 

On June 7, around 8:30 a.m., there was a physical altercation involving two males in the rotunda at the Surrey Central City Mall outside of Tim Hortons. One of the males, identified as Andrew Doucette, was injured and taken to the hospital. After a few days, Doucette’s condition worsened and he succumbed to injuries sustained in the physical altercation.

On June 17, the Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit was notified of Doucette’s death. On June 21, IHIT assumed conduct of the investigation. 

Surrey Central City Mall’s rotunda: Doucette is seated in a chair.

IHIT said it is working closely with its partners at the Surrey RCMP and the BC Coroners Service, and has received assistance from security at the Surrey Central City Mall. Investigators are piecing together the circumstances surrounding the altercation.

Surrey Central City Mall rotunda and walkway.

Video surveillance from the mall shows several bystanders before and after the altercation. IHIT is looking to identify any witnesses who were at the Surrey Central City Mall rotunda on June 7 around 8:30 a.m. that may have information to assist in the investigation. 

“We are looking to compile a fulsome, accurate account of what happened,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “There were several persons that saw this incident and we ask for them to contact IHIT.”