Hells Angel Juel Ross Stanton shot dead on West 11th
Vancouver Police responded to a number of 911 calls of shots fired at 6:15 a.m. in the 200 block of W.11th Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man lying on the ground at the rear of a house, just inside an iron gate that exited into the 2700 block of Columbia. He was deceased.
Officers cordoned off the area and searched for over an hour, but no suspect was found. A number of witnesses were taken from the home down to the police station for interviews.
Homicide and forensic investigators have been on scene all morning collecting evidence. A search and canvass of the neighbourhood is planned for later today in an effort to uncover any discarded evidence.
Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting, whether out walking their dog or just getting ready for work, is asked to call investigators at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The victim has been identified as 41 year old Juel Ross Stanton, who was the subject of a VPD Press Conference on April 12, 2010.
Charges Laid Against Hells Angel Member
INSPECTOR BRAD DESMARAIS
GANGS AND DRUGS SECTION
The vision of the Vancouver Police Department is that no less than one day Vancouver will be the safest major city in Canada.
Getting rid of gang violence is a major priority and a key component of that is removing the ability for gang members to intimidate citizens as a means of avoiding criminal prosecutions or creating unfair advantages in everyday life. The use of gang paraphernalia as an intimidation tool will not be tolerated.
Juel Ross Stanton has come to the attention of the police on many occasions and one of the consistent themes in these contacts is the use of his status as a full-patch member of the East End Chapter of the Hells Angels and the intimidation value that holds.
Historically, Mr. Stanton has used that status every chance he gets as an intimidation tool to terrify citizens in our community – as a tactic to avoid criminal prosecution or to further other personal ends. Mr. Stanton achieved that level of intimidation through words and actions, as well as through the use of graphic tattoos on many locations on his body which clearly indicate he is a member of the Hells Angels. He apparently has no inhibition whatsoever showing those tattoos to citizens in circumstances which could only be described as highly intimidating.
The reason I have dwelt on Mr. Stanton’s status in the Hells Angels and his associated paraphernalia is because he has clearly brought the Hells Angels club into play through his repeated reference to being a member. The club must bear some responsibility for Mr. Stanton’s actions. We are therefore serving notice today to the Hells Angels that this level of violence will not be tolerated and we will be examining our current and future enforcement options with respect to the East End chapter of the Hells Angels.
As I mentioned earlier, Mr. Stanton is well known to police in Vancouver and has recently been arrested in relation to two violent incidents at the Ivanhoe Pub on Main Street. He now stands charged with:
The Provincial Crown clearly agrees with our concerns with respect to the safety of witnesses and the ability for Mr. Stanton to intimidate others through the use of his status as a Hells Angels member. Crown Counsel Ms. Teresa Mitchell-Banks Q.C. has been successful in convincing the court to impose some extraordinarily strict release conditions, which include:
These unprecedented conditions have effectively stripped this gang member of his identity and the one thing he relied on most to frighten and intimidate people.