Calgary police investigating homicide after store break-in

Christophe Herblin, 56, was attacked in the parking lot in front of his cafe in the 3800 block of Bow Trail S.W. on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Global News

Calgary homicide detectives have been called in to investigate a death that was initially classified as suspicious in Spruce Cliff on Saturday.

Police said the victim responded to a break-and-enter alarm at his business around 3 a.m. He stayed in the parking lot until 6 a.m., waiting for the business to be secured, when at least three people approached him, according to police.

Officers believe three suspects attempted to get inside an adjoining cannabis store through the victim’s business in the 3800 block of Bow Trail S.W.

“During the encounter, the victim suffered fatal injuries,” police said in a news release.

He was able to walk to a nearby business where emergency crews were called, police said.

After 6:15 a.m., police found the victim in medical distress and he died at the scene.

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A large area was cordoned off as officers searched for evidence connected to the incident, police said.

Police are asking business owners and residents in the area to come forward if they have any CCTV footage or other information that may help officers in the case.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, police said.

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