New details from a shooting death in April are being made public in hopes of flushing out a killer.
Very early in the morning of April 5, Brandon “Commando” Prevey was shot dead while sitting in his vehicle outside a Red Deer home.
Prevey’s violent death raised concerns among residents in the subdivision and expressions of interest in Neighbourhood Watch and other crime prevention programs.
Red Deer City RCMP continue to investigate the murder, which they believe is gang related, says a prepared statement issued on Tuesday by Const. Sabrina Grunow, a media liaison officer for the detachment.
The new information describes the last minutes of Prevey’s life, from what the RCMP have been able to determine through their investigations. It also states that police seek a black 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck believed to have a connection with the shooting.
The description of Prevey’s activities alleges that he and a 28-year-old woman left the downtown core at about 2:45 a.m. in his silver-coloured 1998 Jeep Cherokee.
The vehicle headed south on Gaetz Avenue and then east on 19th Street to a house party on Ibbotson Close.
Prevey is alleged to have parked his Jeep on the west side of the road shortly after 3 a.m. He and his passenger were still seated in the vehicle when a black 2006 Pontiac Pursuit pulled alongside.
Police were told that a male driver and a male passenger were seen in the car and that numerous shots were fired from the car into the driver’s side door of Prevey’s Jeep.
Police then allege that the car sped south, was unable to find an exit and turned back north, driving past Prevey’s vehicle and then turning right onto Imbeau Close.
It then pulled out of the close, followed by the black Dodge pickup truck. Both vehicles sped north down Ibbotson Close.
Police allege that the woman travelling with Prevey then got out of his Jeep and ran to his side while numerous neighbours came out of their homes after hearing the shots.
RCMP believe the shooting is connected to gang rivalry involving Fresh Off the Boat (FOB) and other gangs operating in Calgary and other Southern Alberta communities, said Grunow.
Red Deer RCMP ask that anyone who can provide information that would help their investigation contact the city detachment at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, visit www.tipsubmit.com or call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.