Woman killed, sister injured in Rocky Mountain House domestic homicide case

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WATCH (July 28, 2019): RCMP in Rocky Mountain House are investigating a deadly domestic dispute. As Josh Ritchie reports, investigators have one man in custody and the community is now mourning the loss of a woman – Jul 28, 2019

Charges are pending against a 44-year-old man in connection with a homicide investigation in central Alberta.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to several 911 calls about a man with a gun in a home on Friday, July 26.

Officers arrived shortly after 7:30 p.m. and found one woman dead and another injured. The man had left, RCMP said.

The 28-year-old woman who was found dead is the sister of the 29-year-old woman who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was taken to hospital and has since been released, RCMP said in a news release on Saturday.

“There were three children in the residence who were not injured,” RCMP said.

The man later turned himself in and remains in police custody.

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“The RCMP can confirm that this is a domestic situation. Charges are pending. The RCMP are not seeking any other suspects in this incident,” the news release said.

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The town’s mayor issued a statement on the homicide.

“Rocky Mountain House is saddened by the tragic and senseless event that took place in our community,” Mayor Tammy Burke said in an email to Global News.

“A young mother’s life was lost due to a domestic situation. Her injured sister and their whole family are in our thoughts.

“Our municipal RCMP police force has assured us that there is no threat to public safety,” Burke added.

“I know our residents are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. As a community grieving, we need to offer support wherever possible. Please respect the privacy of the family that is grieving at this time.

“On behalf of Rocky Mountain House town council and staff, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family.”

A spokesperson for the town would not say how old the children — who RCMP said were home at the time — are. She would also not elaborate on the relationship between the victim and the accused.

Neighbours said it was a big shock to the community.

Town councillor Randy Brown wanted to reassure the public, saying this was an isolated incident.

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“It’s still a safe community. We’ve had one incident in God knows how long and it continues to be safe.”

The RCMP South major crimes unit made the arrest, and the Red Deer RCMP Forensic Identification Section is working the scene.

Rocky Mountain House is about 215 kilometres southwest of Edmonton and about 80 kilometres west of Red Deer.