There may be a break in the investigation into a fatal shooting outside the Canadian Brewhouse last fall. Constable Michelle Mosher says Technical Search and Rescue volunteers are currently searching a storm pond a few minutes away from the bar for evidence.
“It’s an ongoing investigation that hasn’t ended; we have just tapped into the search warrant for the pond. We would like to have some evidence that’s produced, but we can’t guarantee anything obviously.”
A 28 year old Edmonton man was shot outside of the bar around 1 a.m. on October 1st, 2014. John William Rock was found in the parking lot severely injured, and later passed away in hospital. He was reportedly a patron of the bar and was shot shortly after leaving.
At the time, RCMP said it was not believed to be a random act and the coroner ruled his death a homicide. Search manager Dennis Walker says they started at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will likely be searching for a couple of days.
“We’re running magnets off of the boat to basically see if we can pick up the item that we’re looking for. It’s a slow process and we’re basically overlapping, so we’re moving five feet at a time and we’re overlapping three feet.”
He adds the bottom of the lake, which is about 12 feet deep with water and another three feet of mud , is very squishy, but as they can’t scuba dive they have to work from the top of the water. Grande Prairie TSAR has done evidence searches for the RCMP in the past for weapons. Police wouldn’t specify what they were looking for, but have not said whether the gun involved in the shooting was ever turned up.