02
Sep
2013
Posted by: In: Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge shooting, news

Police have not released any new details about a shooting on Saturday along the Lougheed Highway near 240 Street.

Realtor Franz Prokop was shot in what police are saying does not appear to be a random attack. He did survive and was airlifted to hospital and is reported to now be in stable condition. According to his lawyer and business partner, Prokop was shot in the head.

In a strange twist, Global BC reporter Darlene Heidemann has learned from his lawyer and business partner that serious crime investigators are asking a lot of questions about a lawsuit Prokop filed over a $3.6 million winning lottery ticket.

The winning ticket was cashed in back in 2008.

The prize was claimed by a 24-year-old Maple Ridge Realtor, Peter Dushop, who is also Prokop’s ex-common law wife’s son.

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Dushop waited a year to claim the winning ticket and said to reporters at the time that he only told his mother about the winnings.

In December 2008, Prokop filed a civil suit against Dushop, saying he was the one that bought the winning lottery ticket, and that Dushop had access to Prokop’s home and the drawer where he kept his lottery ticket.

That case was set to be heard in New Westminster court in January 2014.

It is not known if there is a connection between this lawsuit and Saturday’s shooting.

UPDATE (October 4th, 2013): Police say no connection has been made to the civil suit during their investigation into the incident.

– With files from Darlene Heidemann