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RCMP investigate suspicious death in southern Alberta hamlet

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WATCH: The RCMP major crimes unit is investigating a suspicious death in the Alberta community of Gleichen. Blake Lough reports. – Jun 23, 2020

RCMP are investigating a suspicious death in a hamlet east of Calgary.

Just after 5 p.m. Monday, RCMP were called to an assault in the area of Main Street and 4 Avenue in Gleichen, Alta. The hamlet is located about 70 kilometres east of Calgary.

EMS crews were also called to the scene where a man was pronounced dead, RCMP said in a media release Tuesday afternoon.

RCMP remained at the intersection on Tuesday. Video from the Global 1 news helicopter showed at least two RCMP vehicles and a number of officers at the scene, where part of a roadway was cordoned off with police tape.

Kimberly Royal said she feels shaken after witnessing the assault.

“It was so fast because he stood beside me, talking to me. [A] girl came. I know what I [saw] was two [thrusts] and he fell back. I was calling him… [but] he died almost instantly,” she said.
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“I’m very traumatized. I haven’t slept, I haven’t [eaten]. I’m sick.”

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit is now investigating the man’s death, which has been deemed suspicious. The victim’s identity has not been released.

An autopsy is being conducted Tuesday in Calgary.

RCMP did not release further details on the investigation Tuesday but asked anyone with information to contact Gleichen RCMP at 403-734-3923. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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RCMP investigate the suspicious death of a man in Gleichen, Alta., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Global News
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RCMP investigate the suspicious death of a man in Gleichen, Alta., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Global News
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RCMP investigate the suspicious death of a man in Gleichen, Alta., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Global News
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RCMP investigate the suspicious death of a man in Gleichen, Alta., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Global News
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RCMP investigate the suspicious death of a man in Gleichen, Alta., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Global News

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