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Wanted Phuket Hitman Killed in Canada Plane Crash

Gene Karl Lahrkamp, who had ducked police since Feb., couldn't duck gravity

Canada had offered a Can$100,000 reward for the capture of B.C. man Gene Karl Lahrkamp who was charged with killing former Vancouver gangster Jimi Sandhu in Thailand in February.
Canada had offered a Can$100,000 reward for the capture of B.C. man Gene Karl Lahrkamp who was charged with killing former Vancouver gangster Jimi Sandhu in Thailand in February.

One of two men wanted for gunning down an international gangster in Phuket has died in a plane crash in his native Canada.

British Columbia resident Gene Karl Lahrkamp, 36, had been on the run since February when he and fell former solider Matthew Dupre, 36, allegedly shot dead Abbotsford, Canada resident and Interpol-wanted gangster Jimi Singh Sandhu in Phuket.

Dupre was arrested Feb. 20 in Alberta, Canada and remains in custody pending a hearing on his extradition to Thailand. Lahrkamp had ducked authorities, but couldn’t duck gravity when his small plane crashed April 30 near Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police are conducting a criminal investigation into the mysterious flight and how an alleged hitman ended up on a plane with a gangster accused in a murder plot.

British Colombia’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit is investigating possible crimes committed in Canada related to the Feb. 5 Sandhu murder in Thailand.

Lahrkamp and Dupre faced the death penalty in the unlikely event they were extradited to Thailand. They were ex-Canadian Armed Forces who disguised their occupations as hitmen jobs like being dog breeders.

Dupre worked as a security contractor in Iraq who left for Southeast Asia in October, although Thai police said he didn’t enter the kingdom until late December.