IHIT investigate shooting on Chilliwack Lake Road: Charges laid

Chilliwack, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2023-09-15 08:57 PDT

File # 2023-1284

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has deployed to Chilliwack after two killed in a residence.


On September 13, 2023 at 7:44 p.m., the UFVRD RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 46000-block of Chilliwack Lake Road, in Chilliwack. First responders arrived on scene and found two deceased adults in a residence. A suspect was identified at the scene and taken into custody. IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation and is working closely in partnership with the UFVRD RCMP, BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS).

Investigators are now identifying the victims as 58-year old John Kavaloff and 67-year old Valerie Smith of Chilliwack, in hopes of advancing the investigation.

 Photo of Smith and Kavaloff

(Photo of Smith and Kavaloff)

On September 14, 2023, the suspect, now identified as 83-year old Robert Freeman of Chilliwack, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

This appears to be an isolated incident between neighbours, says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. We’re asking anyone with information regarding this incident, to please contact IHIT immediately.

IHIT is asking any witnesses to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Released by:

Sgt. Timothy Pierotti
Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6T3
Office: 778-290-5202

Email: ediv_ihit_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: homicideteam.ca

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