In the 10 months since Langley resident Alvin Wright was shot and killed in his home by an RCMP officer, his orphaned infant daughter Alyssa has celebrated her very first birthday, the number of members on his Facebook memorial page has grown to 220 and the officer who fired the fatal shot has returned to work.
Meanwhile, the police investigation of the shooting is still underway.
But it may finally be coming to a close, with word Monday (June 6) that a final report is being compiled by Vancouver Police Department (VPD) investigators.
The 22-year-old Wright died August 6 after police were called to his Langley City home about a reported domestic dispute.
Langley RCMP called in the VPD to investigate.
On Monday, in response to a query by The Times, VPD spokesperson Const. Lindsey Houghton emailed a brief written statement that appears to indicate the investigation may be nearing an end.
“The final report is currently being compiled and all of the information is being examined and reviewed by several internal sources,” Houghton said.
“The investigators have no sense of when it might be concluded other than it will be concluded once they’ve exhausted the investigation and all evidence and information gathered has been reviewed and analyzed.”
Houghton was unable to say whether VPD officers have completed all their interviews.
“I’m not privy to the investigation so I don’t know who has and hasn’t been interviewed,” Houghton said.
“That will all be in the final report and if anyone who has information hasn’t spoken to our investigators, then they should do that as soon as possible, as we want to have the information of everyone with knowledge of the incident.”
Some of Wright’s friends hope to organize a protest in August to mark the first anniversary of his death.
“We have lost a great dad and friend,” states the description for the Facebook group “RIP Alvin Wright August 2010.”
“We will remember you for all the good times.”
Only three new messages have been posted to the page since October.
Reports at the time of the August shooting said Wright and his wife Heather had returned to their Riverside Gardens townhouse after an evening out. They were accompanied by his brother.
There was an argument and someone called 911.
When police arrived, Wright was in an upstairs bedroom of the two-storey townhouse on the southeast corner of 53 Avenue and 203 Street.
Police kicked in the front door around 11:30 p.m.
A neighbour told The Times that she heard the sound of two loud gunshots.
Wright died at Langley Memorial Hospital early the next morning.
The Wrights’ daughter was not at home when the shooting occurred.
The Langley RCMP officer who fired the fatal shot was cleared to return to active duty two weeks later.