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UPDATE: Two in custody following Saturday morning homicide

By Mo Cranker on November 5, 2016.

Inspector Brent Secondiak spoke to media Saturday after police announced one victim had died during a homicide Saturday morning. NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER


Medicine Hat News

Two men are in custody after an early morning incident in the city’s northeast left one man dead on Saturday.

Medicine Hat Police Service responded to the 500 Block of 21 Street N.E. for a report of a disturbance and an injury to a male.  Police and emergency services personnel attended to the scene, and provided emergency first aid to a 24-year-old male.  The male was transported to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, where he passed away from his injuries. The name of the deceased has not been released.

The investigation is ongoing, and police have been able to determine three males were involved in a disturbance on the street outside of a residence.  The cause of the disturbance is still under investigation.

A 21-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken into custody in connection with the homicide, and is presently awaiting a bail hearing.

The second man, 21-year-old Aaron Anand-Ford of Medicine Hat, was arrested Saturday afternoon without incident after a brief manhunt, according to the MHPS.

Insp. Brent Secondiak said during a Saturday afternoon press conference at MHPS headquarters that police are still interviewing witnesses and are trying to piece together the events of Saturday morning.

Secondiak said they are unsure if the victim had prior relations with the assailants but do believe the homicide to be a targeted attack against a specific individual.

“We don’t think this was random,” he said. “We know there was a disturbance in front of the residence on the street and we believe that they were aware of each other — we’re not sure about all of the circumstances, but we know that it wasn’t random.”

Secondiak said there were no firearms used at the incident and the police are still investigating if drugs or alcohol played a role in the homicide.

Secondiak said more information on the homicide and those involved will be available Monday and urged anyone with information to contact police immediately through the MHPS Tipline at 403-581-1050 or provide a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The incident is the second homicide of the year in the city.  Barbara Holmes is in custody and facing charges of second degree murder in connection with the June 18 death of her husband John.


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