This 9mm handgun was seized by police during an arrest in 2016 that resulted in charges against Barinder “Shrek” Dhaliwal of Abbotsford.

Man allegedly involved in Lower Mainland gang conflict pleads guilty to weapons offence

Barinder ‘Shrek’ Dhaliwal charged in 2016 after investigation in Abbotsford and Langley

An Abbotsford man who police have previously said is connected to the Lower Mainland gang conflict has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.

Barinder (Brian) “Shrek” Dhaliwal was originally charged with four offences, but pleaded guilty on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack to a lesser charge on one of the offences.

That original charge was for possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition, but the charge to which Dhaliwal will now be sentenced is for being in a vehicle in which he knew a firearm was present.

The three other charges – possessing a firearm with an altered serial number and two counts of possessing an unlicensed firearm – are expected to be stayed at sentencing. Dhaliwal’s hearing has been scheduled for June 25 in Chilliwack.

Dhaliwal, 34, was charged following an incident that occurred on Nov. 29, 2016.

On that day, officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit observed a vehicle believed to be connected to the ongoing gang conflict “engaged in behaviour consistent with drug trafficking.”

Officers pulled over the vehicle in Abbotsford, but it then fled. The vehicle was relocated and a man was seen running from it before it again sped away.

Police arrested the man who had fled on foot and, with the help of a police dog, located a loaded 9mm handgun nearby. The vehicle was not found again.

After the arrest, police searched a home in the 19800 block of 83 Avenue in Langley. That search turned up “ammunition and a small pistol suspected of being modified to shoot .22 calibre ammunition.” Dhaliwal was subsequently charged.

He is believed to have been the target of at least two prior drive-by shootings in Abbotsford.

One occurred in January 2011 at a home on Bradner Road. A 25-year-old woman had just pulled into the driveway when shots rang out, and the bullets narrowly missed her, but were believed to have been intended for Dhaliwal.

A second drive-by shooting in the area of Dhaliwal’s Bradner Road home took place in September 2012, resulting in a 24-year-old man suffering a gunshot wound to his arm.

The victim had been in a Ford SUV with some other people when the vehicle was shot at several times, but it is not known whether Dhaliwal was the intended target.

Search warrant documents later showed that one of the men who was a suspect in the shooting was Jujhar Khun-Khun, whose trial began last year on murder charges related to the 2011 shooting of Jonathan Bacon outside of a Kelowna casino.

The two Bradner Road drive-by shootings prompted police to later install video surveillance cameras in the area of Dhaliwal’s home in the 2500 block.

Dhaliwal again was targeted in July 2013, when he was shot at while driving along Downes Road between 264 Street and Mt. Lehman Road.

He showed up at the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, and hospital staff informed police. At the time, police said the victim would not provide many details of what had occurred.

Just Posted

Clayton townhouse projects sent back to staff over school capacity concerns

‘We’re really stressing out the school systems here’ says Surrey Councillor Steven Pettigrew

OUR VIEW: Elford’s support of budget surprising, considering his history in Surrey

The Doug Elford we knew as an advocate would have opposed budget that doesn’t hire more officers

Superheroes help police deliver toys to hospital in memory of Keian Blundell

Holiday Wish Toy Drive ‘a resounding success’ this year

Surrey adds more parkland to its inventory

City aquired Campbell Heights property

Does Surrey need more mounties? B.C.’s top cop thinks so

‘We definitely have the metrics, the evidence and rationale behind that,’ she said

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Road to the World Juniors leads through B.C.

Finland plays Denmark on Wednesday, United States takes on Czech Republic on Saturday

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Wicked weather, including heavy snow, rainfall, hammers southern B.C.

Environment Canada has posted winter storm warnings for the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 3

Most Read