A man who was seriously injured in a fight with another man in Maple Ridge early Tuesday has died.
The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken charge of the file and identified the 29-year-old Wednesday as Louie Sparvier.
Ridge Meadows RCMP and paramedics found Sparvier lying on Laity Street between Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road around 8 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about shots fired.
Investigators learned that Sparvier was seen arguing with a second man minutes earlier and the dispute got violent.
A nurse tried to help Sparvier before paramedics arrived but he passed away in hospital just before 2:30 p.m.
The second man was shot and tried to leave the area in a pickup truck but was stopped by police across the highway. He remains in hospital in critical condition.
“Early information suggests that the two males were known to each other and an argument between them ensued resulting in a fight where they sustained injuries consistent with an edged weapon and gunshot wounds,” said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound with IHIT.
Police believe the dispute was connected to the drug trade.
• IHIT is asking anyone with information to their tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.