Winnipeg homicide suspect arrested in Vancouver

Dyllan Petrin. Supplied image by Winnipeg police.

A man who was wanted by police on two Canada-wide warrants has been arrested by RCMP in Vancouver.

Dyllan Petrin, 19, was wanted in connection with a kidnapping in Surrey B.C., which occurred in July, 2019, and had been on the run after cutting off his ankle bracelet while on bail last May. In addition, Petrin was wanted for the shooting of former B.C. gangster Cody Alexander Sleigh, in Winnipeg.

On July 21, 2020, Sleigh was found suffering from gunshot wounds near Main Street and Magnus Avenue and rushed to hospital in critical condition, but died two days later.

Winnipeg police at the scene of a shooting near Main Street and Magnus Avenue, on July, 21, 2020. (Photo: Northern Plains Freelancer)

Sleigh, 31, who was originally from Williams Lake B.C., was living at a halfway house in the Manitoba capital when he was gunned down. 

On September 7, detectives from the Winnipeg police homicide unit, with assistance from Williams Lake RCMP, arrested Kleon Cassidy Pop, 32, for the killing of Sleigh. Pop was returned to Winnipeg and charged with first-degree murder.

In October, Petrin was named as a second suspect in the fatal shooting of Sleigh. A Canada-wide arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Petrin. Winnipeg police believed he had fled to British Columbia.

The Surrey RCMP serious crime unit worked with the Winnipeg police homicide unit to locate Petrin, and eventually learned that he was “hiding out” in Vancouver, according to CTV News.

On Tuesday, Petrin was taken into custody in Vancouver by Surrey RCMP.

Several police agencies, including heavily armed emergency response teams, were involved in the arrest.

Surrey RCMP Supt. Elija Rain said “we are pleased that the coordinated efforts of all agencies involved resulted in an arrest of a dangerous offender involved in violent crimes in both B.C. and Manitoba.”