The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC (CFSEU-BC) Chief officer Dan Malo announces that three men have been charged with first-degree murder Jonathan Bacon at a press conference in Delta , British Columbia, Monday February 25, 2013
Credits: CARMINE MARINELLI/Vancouver 24hrs/QMI AGENCY
VANCOUVER -- A trio of men, each with a long history of run-ins with police, are charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of notorious gang member Jonathan Bacon outside a Kelowna, B.C., hotel.
Chief Supt. Dan Malo, head of B.C.’s organized crime unit, said 100 police officers nationwide executed warrants Friday against the alleged shooters following an 18-month investigation.
Jujhar Khun-Khun and Michael Kerry Hunter Jones, both 25, and Jason Thomas McBride, 37, are in custody while evidence is being collected in the Lower Mainland, Kelowna and Toronto, respectively.
They also face attempted murder charges after four others were hurt in the August 2011 shooting. They include Hells Angel Larry Amero, Independent Soldiers gang member James Riach, and female companions Lyndsey Black and Leah Hadden-Watts, who was left a quadriplegic in the ambush.
“This was a targeted, organized attack by those at the highest level of organized crime in our province,” Malo said, adding one more unnamed man — now deceased — was involved in the bloodbath.
The victims had just left the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre in a white SUV when a number of people jumped out of a green SUV travelling behind the other vehicle and began shooting.
Malo said the alleged gunmen have been affiliated with several gangs in the past, however he wouldn’t expand on their current affiliations.
He acknowledged the murder of Bacon, a Red Scorpions gang member, was tied to the 2010 shooting death of Gurmit Dhak outside Burnaby’s Metrotown Centre.
Khun-Khun, who police previously named as a Dhak gang associate, was targeted in a Surrey, B.C., shooting about a month after Bacon was killed.
Malo said the murder charges have already had an impact on local gangs, which are now “scrambling” following the arrests.
He added there is always blowback in the crime world when “extremely violent” individuals are arrested, but maintained police are prepared to handle any violence that follows.
McBride, originally from North Vancouver, was apprehended in Toronto after moving to Ontario recently. Khun-Khun and Jones hail from Surrey and Gibsons, B.C., respectively.