The B.C. corrections officer shot and killed in a busy parking lot in Delta has been identified as 29-year-old Bikramdeep Randhawa, a corrections officer who worked at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge. The incident unfolded on saturday just before 5 p.m. near the Scottsdale Centre at 72nd Avenue and 120th Street. Randhawa, 29, was a Surrey resident, and was not known to police. Based on the behaviour of the suspects, the incident is considered to be targeted, though the motive for the shooting is unknown, Delta police said Sunday in a written statement.
“On behalf of the BCGEU I offer my deepest condolences to Bikramdeep Randhawa’s family and friends. We are shocked and devastated at the loss of one of our own,” said union president Stephanie Smith.
“While the loss of any member under any circumstances is a tragedy, the public and violent nature of Bikramdeep’s death make this loss immeasurably worse, especially for the members at Fraser Regional Correctional Centre who counted him as a colleague and a friend,” she added.
Inspector. Guy Leeson, head of Investigative Services for Delta Police, said based on the behaviour of the suspects, the incident is considered to be targeted, but the motive for the shooting is not known.
“We’re looking at all possible aspects as to why this crime was committed,” said Leeson. “We will examine every potential motive thoroughly. Whether it was a case of mistaken identity, a matter related to his personal life or if there is a possibility the shooting was related to the victim’s occupation.”
“We’re asking anyone who knew Mr. Randhawa, or who could have information related to why he was targeted in this manner, to please contact police at 604-946-4411, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” said Leeson.