RCMP investigate suspicious death in southern Alberta hamlet

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RCMP investigating suspicious death in Gleichen, Alberta
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.

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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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