An Abbotsford man is dead after being shot in an apparent botched robbery on Roatan Island in Honduras on Wednesday.
Tim Vallee, or Themy Alexandre Vallee-Apostolakis, who worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Pacific Region, was on holiday in Honduras when he was reportedly robbed at gunpoint and shot in the head.
Honduran police say that Vallee, 34, another Canadian man and two local women left an isolated bar in the town near the town of Coxen Hole around 1 a.m., according to the Honduran news site Diario Tiempo.
The group began to walk down towards the main road when they were waylaid by two men in a white truck.
The two suspects, one of whom had a gun, demanded the group's belongings.
Raœl Mart’nez Alvarado, Departmental Chief of Police for the Bay Islands said Vallee was handing over his cell phone when the suspect, in an attempt to intimidate the victims, attempted to shoot into the air but was so nervous the bullet hit the victim in the head instead, stated Diario Tiempo.
The two suspects fled with nothing but the cell phone, and Vallee was taken to an area hospital where he died at 4 a.m.
One suspect, Eon Carter Stewar, believed to have been driving the Nissan Truck likely involved in the robbery, has been arrested.
Police have issued a warrant for Roger Natividad Ruiz çvila, who is suspected of shooting Vallee, but he has reportedly fled the island.
Vallee, originally from Quebec, lived in Abbotsford and was an active member in the community's recreational hockey leagues and played on two teams last season.
Canadian authorities have yet to confirm the details of the incident.
"On behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we would like to convey our sincerest condolences to Tim's family," said DFO spokesman Tom Robbins in an e-mail. "Our thoughts are with them in what we know must be a very difficult time."
Roatan, one of Honduras Bay Islands, is a known as a beach and scuba diving destination.
- with files from Susan Lazaruk, The Province.