London man identified as victim in Sparta homicide

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A London man has been identified as the victim involved in a New Year’s Day shooting in Central Elgin County.

Late Monday afternoon, Detective Inspector Jennifer Patton of the West Region OPP confirmed 35-year-old Christopher Robert Roy died from injuries sustained during an incident at a Sparta home Saturday evening. Patton said a post-mortem exam was conducted on Roy on Sunday at University Hospital in London.

Just before 7 p.m. on January 1, OPP officers were called to a property on North Street in Sparta for a reported shooting. Emergency crews located Roy, and he was taken to the London Health Sciences Centre by EMS, where he died.

Following his death, police announced second-degree murder charges against 36-year-old Devon Vandendriessche of Central Elgin. He remains in police custody and is expected to appear in court on Friday.

No other details about the incident have been released by investigators. However, police continue to urge anyone with information about the incident to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.