The man accused of killing Hells Angel Bob Green was out on bail at the time of the shooting.
Jason Francis Wallace, 27, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder for the slaying of Green on a rural Langley property on Sunday morning.
Wallace was on $1,000 bail on drug-trafficking charges that he faces with Green’s cousin.
Cpl. Meghan Foster, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, would not disclose Wallace’s gang links.
But a year ago, B.C.’s anti-gang agency described Wallace as a member of the 856 Gang after he was arrested with Langley resident Leonard Pelletier, 49.
Pelletier is a cousin of Green, the high-ranking Hells Angel found dead about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 23700-block of 72nd Avenue.
The killing is believed to have stemmed from a dispute at an all-night party.
Postmedia News has learned that Wallace himself called police to say he was a suspect in the fatal shooting Sunday. That led to his dramatic arrest by Surrey RCMP on 152nd Street at about 10 a.m. Monday.
Foster said she couldn’t comment on whether Wallace had turned himself in.
“I can’t speak to the details of what led up to Mr. Wallace’s arrest,” she said.
“While police are learning some specifics of what took place preceding the homicide, the motive remains unclear.”
She said investigators are trying to find witnesses who fled before police arrived and found Green dead.
“They may have paramount information that will assist in piecing together what occurred,” Foster said.
Wallace was out on bail after being arrested with Pelletier on several charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in June 2015.
The charges stemmed from a 2014 investigation by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit into drug trafficking activities by the 856 Gang. Officers searched a rented apartment in the 4600-block of 236th Street in Langley and discovered large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, OxyContin, and a cocaine-cutting agent, as well as a 20-ton press used to create bricks of cocaine.
The gang takes its name from the telephone prefix for Aldergrove and has expanded into other parts of B.C. and Alberta in recent years.
Wallace has a long and violent history in B.C.
He pleaded guilty eight years ago to aggravated assault for stabbing a student after a high school graduation party in Langley. He got a 21-month conditional sentence.
“The attack was completely unprovoked and the victim did not know his assailant,” RCMP Cpl. Diane Blaine said at the time.
Wallace had been charged with attempted murder for the stabbing.