Man wanted in connection with Cloverdale murder has long history in Langley

"Bad Ass Barry" McQuarrie was subject of a massive manhunt in 2005, after a man was shot in Willoughby.

Barry McQuarrie is wanted in connection with a murder in Cloverdale on Monday night. The Langley man has a long history of involvement with police in Langley.

A man wanted in relation to a recent murder in Cloverdale has quite a past in Langley and was the cause of massive manhunt, including the shutdown of 200 Street, in 2005. At that time, he was suspected of shooting a 35-year-old Langley man.

RCMP released Barry McQuarrie’s picture to the media as well as a photo of the vehicle he was believed to be driving after the murder on Monday night. The vehicle was found on fire Tuesday night, just before midnight, near 192 Street and 28 Avenue.

But, McQuarrie has yet to be arrested.

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for McQuarrie, who is currently wanted on a series of unrelated warrants.

He has not been charged in relation to the Cloverdale homicide.

Police now believe he may be driving a stolen silver 2008 Toyota Highlander, B.C. licence plate 338 JNP.

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

Gregory Quenelle, 32, originally from Southern Ontario, was found injured in the townhome and was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

The investigation is in the early stages, but police say it was not a random act and has no connection with gang or organized crime activity.

Police now believe the shooting was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute.

The occupants of the home are known to police, but investigators are just now trying to determine if that is pertinent to their investigation.

McQuarrie 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.

The latest homicide was Surrey’s third murder of the year, while two more deaths are still classified as suspicious and continue to be investigated.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the investigation into the Cloverdale homicide.

In July 2005, police tried to capture the man for more than two weeks, following a shooting in the 20200 block of 66 Avenue on June 18, 2005 that left a 35-year-old Langley man shot. He recovered.

He was captured after two weeks, following a break and enter at a house, a short car chase and foot pursuit. Police dogs aided in his arrest.

McQuarrie, 24 at that time, was wanted as a person of interest. At the time, police warned the public that McQuarrie was a drug user whose behaviour over recent weeks has become increasingly irrational and violent.

On June 23, 2005, police stopped traffic on 200 Street and locked down Nicomekl Elementary School after receiving a tip that McQuarrie was inside a nearby house. The tip turned out to be wrong. The operation involved dozen of undercover officers and emergency response teams.

McQuarrie, of Langley, currently has several outstanding warrants for crimes such as assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon.

Anyone who sees the McQuarrie is urged not to approach, as police consider him armed and dangerous. Instead, call 911 immediately.

IHIT is asking anyone who has information regarding this homicide to please 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.

 

– With files from reporter Monique Tamminga

 

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