Man’s death now being investigated as a homicide: Calgary Police

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The Calgary Police has announced that their Homicide Unit is now investigating a fatal altercation from last week after the victim died.

According to a statement released by Calgary Police “Around 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the victim was walking past James Short Park, located at 115 4 Ave. S.W., when he heard an altercation between a woman and man inside the park. After hearing the woman tell the man to stop hitting her, the victim confronted the man.”

The statement further added that the suspect then pulled out a knife and threatened the victim. “When the victim turned to run, he tripped and fell onto the bumper of a car stopped in the eastbound curb lane of 5 Avenue by the Centre Street S.W. intersection. The vehicle drove away from the scene and we would like to speak with the driver as they are a witness.”

“The suspect then caught up to the victim and stabbed him. The victim was transported to hospital, but died on Saturday, July 3, 2021,” the Calgary Police said, adding an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, 2021. His identity cannot be released until it is confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Calgary Police also added that the investigators are working hard to located CCTV in the area to identify the suspect.

“However, in the meantime, we are releasing images of the victim taken from the body-worn cameras of the responding officers in the hope that his clothing will be recognized by any potential witnesses who may have seen the altercation,” the Calgary Police said.

“People may have seen the altercation and not know that it resulted in such a serious and tragic outcome,” said Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta, with the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “If you witnessed anything in the area that might be connected to this incident, have dash-cam footage, or any other information, please call us. Even the smallest piece of information can turn out to be the most important detail we need to figure out what happened.”

The victim’s face is obscured in the photos as he cannot be publicly identified until after the autopsy, the Calgary Police said, adding that anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact us by calling the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.

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