UPDATE: Saanich Police and VIIMCU Investigating Two Homicides

October 20, 2022

In relation to the ongoing Saanich Police homicide investigation, 36-year-old Christopher Cathcart has been charged with one count of Second-Degree Murder.  Cathcart, of no fixed address, is being held in custody, appeared in court today and will be back in court tomorrow. The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit continues to lead the investigation.

“Investigators are satisfied that the two homicides had no connection to any of the residents of this neighbourhood, and that the occupants of the residence connected to the investigation were not involved in this tragic incident,” stated Detective Sergeant Damian Kowalewich.     

Police believe that there is a relationship between Cathcart and one of the victims and continue to investigate the circumstances of the other homicide.

“We recognize and appreciate that this is a deeply disturbing event for Saanich residents and families, particularly the people directly involved and who live in this area.  I want to reassure all Saanich residents, that the immediate, professional, and coordinated response from SPD’s frontline officers addressed and controlled the threat in a very quick, effective, and safe manner.  Your safety is our highest priority, and we will continue to report for duty every day and night to ensure that residents and families of Saanich feel safe,” added Chief Constable Dean Duthie.

Police Files # 22-20158 & 22-20179

D/Sgt. Damian Kowalewich
Acting Public Information & Communications Officer
[email protected]

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