RCMP arrest man wanted in connection with homicide southwest of Edmonton

Police say Gerald Peter Krahn was last known to be in the Beaumont, Alta. area. They say he is wanted for second-degree murder and is considered armed and dangerous. COURTESY: RCMP

According to RCMP, Gerald Peter Krahn was arrested without incident Saturday in connection with a homicide in the community of Warburg on Jan. 29th.

On Thursday, police said 29-year-old Krahn, formerly of Grande Prairie, was wanted on one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 36-year-old Christopher O’Reilly of Warburg, Alta.

The RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit investigates a man’s death in Warburg, Alta. Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Cliff Harris, Global News

According to police, officers responded to reports of an injured man in Warburg at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. They said O’Reilly was found suffering from injuries sustained in “an incident” and was rushed to hospital in Leduc where he was pronounced dead.

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READ MORE: RCMP investigate man’s death in village southwest of Edmonton

Watch below: On Jan. 30, 2017, Fletcher Kent filed this report about people in Warburg, Alta. feeling rattled after a violent incident in their community.

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RCMP investigate suspicious death in Warburg – Jan 30, 2017

A neighbour, who didn’t want to be identified out of concern for his safety, told Global News he heard what sounded like a door being kicked down at a nearby mobile home, followed by what he believed were two gunshots.

While RCMP have not released exactly what led to O’Reilly’s death, they said an autopsy was performed Tuesday determined the manner of death to be homicide.

Police asked the public to be on the lookout for Krahn. Mounties warned not to approach him as he is considered to be “armed and dangerous.”

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Krahn has been remanded into custody.

He is scheduled to appear in Breton Provincial Court on Feb. 8.

Warburg is located about 90 kilometres southwest of Edmonton and has a population of fewer than 800 people.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: this article was originally published at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 and was updated at 8 p.m. on Feb. 5 to clarify the suspect has been arrested by police.

With files from Caley Ramsay and Jennifer Ivanov.

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