Oakville murder investigation leads to arrest of two Alberta males, Pickering man


Published April 6, 2023 at 3:16 pm

A murder investigation by Halton Police has led to the arrest of three men in an early morning shooting in Oakville last August that left one man dead and another female seriously injured.

Back on Aug. 19, 2022, police were called around 1 a.m. to the area of Belt Lane and Littlefield Rd following numerous reports of suspected gun-shots.

Police arrived to find two victims, one male and one female who were suffering from gunshot wounds. The male victim, identified as 27- year-old Arman Dhillon of Alberta, died at the scene, while the female victim was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

The adult female, who was in the company of the deceased victim, survived the shooting but sustained life-altering injuries.

The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle shortly after the shooting.

Halton Police, with support and assistance from Peel Regional Police and the Hamilton Police Service, carried out simultaneous search warrant operations on Tuesday (April 4) at three different locations in the Greater Toronto Area and arrested three men involved in the murder of Dhillon.

Charged with first degree murder and attempted murder are 30 year-old Joseph Richard Whitlock of Pickering, 29 year-old Karn Veer Sandhu of Edmonton, and 25 year-old Kulvir Bhatia of Calgary.

None of the accused were on a form of release for violent crime at the time of the murder.

Police maintain the local homicide was a targeted and planned murder that crossed provincial lines as part of a larger criminal-based conflict.

“This was a terrifying event for the residents of this community. Fortunately, no other persons were injured as a result,” said HRPS Deputy Chief, Jeff Hill. “The Halton Regional Police Service will relentlessly investigate all acts of gun violence. I would like to thank all those members in the community, both here in Halton and throughout the GTA, who provided information to support this investigation.

“I would also like to commend a number of specialized units from within the Halton Regional Police Service as well as police services from other provinces who contributed to this significant investigation.”

Due to a publication ban, the HRPS are not able to share any additional details regarding this investigation.

Anyone with information or video of the area is asked to contact the Homicide Unit tip line at 905-825-4776.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through their website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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