Calgary, AB,

Man charged with weapons trafficking in relation to homicide

The Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit has charged one man who is alleged to have assisted in procuring a weapon that was later used in the murders of Colin REITBERGER and Anees AMR on May 21, 2017.

At approximately 7:55 p.m., on Sunday, May 21, 2017, police were called to a parking lot in the area of 130 Avenue and 48 Street S.E., for reports of gunshots. Two men were found deceased upon arrival. The victims were later identified as Colin Brendan REITBERGER, 23, and Anees Ismail AMR, 26, both of Calgary.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Christian Joffre OUELLETTE, 20, of Calgary was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the case.

Police later sought public assistance to identify anyone who may have assisted OUELLETTE by providing transportation or obtaining a gun, or who may have spoken with him before or after the incident.

Blais DELAIRE, 26, of Calgary, has since been charged with one count of weapons trafficking for his role in the double homicide. DELAIRE will next appear in court on March 27, 2018.

It is alleged that this incident was related to a dispute involving drug trafficking between OUELLETTE and REITBERGER. Investigators do not believe that AMR was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the shooting and was not the intended target.

Investigators are still looking for the driver of a red Dodge Durango, who dropped the accused off at a gas station, located at 70 Freeport Blvd. N.E., following the murders. The vehicle is described as a red Dodge Durango SLT, likely a 2004 to 2006 model, with a sunroof. Photos of this vehicle are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

In earlier releases, investigators were also looking to speak with a man seen talking with the accused at Nose Hill Park and a separate man who went by the name Tyson. Investigators have since spoken with these individuals and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

Case #17207391/4163