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Police will have to find me, murder suspect taunts

Barry McQuarrie - Leader file photo
Barry McQuarrie
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A murder suspect called a TV station over the  weekend and said he's not turning himself in to police.

"They have to do their job and find me," said a man who called CTV News claiming to be Barrie McQuarrie.

Police believe he's the real McQuarrie.

He's wanted on outstanding warrants and is considered a suspect in a Cloverdale murder.

On Monday, May 12, just before midnight, RCMP responded to a report of a man being shot at a home near 176 Street and 57 Avenue.

Gregory Quesnelle, 32, originally from southern Ontario, was found injured in the townhome and was taken to hospital, where he died.

Police believe McQuarrie may be driving a stolen silver 2008 Toyota Highlander.

McQuarrie is currently wanted on a series of warrants unrelated to the murder. He has a long and varied history with the court system, including charges of violent offences, drug possessions, theft and break and enter.

The court website shows he has eight known aliases, including Nicholas Randell McQuarrie, Richard Laary, Barry Bayer, Bad Ass Barry, and just Badass.

Police believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.

In fact, a man who called CTV News said Quesnelle was seeing McQuarrie's girlfriend.

He admits pepper spraying Quesnelle in self-defence days before the murder, but insists he didn't kill him.

"I didn't go back and kill him," the man said. "I just want them to know I'm not armed and dangerous. I'm not trying to hurt anyone. I'm just trying to stay out of jail."

He said he plans on keeping his freedom as long as possible.

"I want to enjoy as much of the summer as I possibly can," the man said. "When the time comes after the summer, maybe I'll hand myself in. Maybe."

The Cloverdale homicide was Surrey's third murder of the year, while two more deaths are still classified as suspicious and continue to be investigated. It was followed on Wednesday, May 14 with a fatal stabbing in Kennedy Heights.

Anyone who sees McQuarrie (pictured left) is urged not to approach him. Instead, call 911 immediately.

IHIT is asking anyone who has information regarding this homicide to call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca.

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