June 26th, 2019

One in custody, homicide investigation ongoing

By Mo Cranker on December 15, 2018.

A police car sits outside of an apartment building Friday downtown, where the police investigate a homicide case. -- NEWS PHOTO JEREMY APPEL

Medicine Hat News

The Medicine Hat Police service is investigating a homicide and has arrested one suspect.

MHPS Insp. Tim McGough says 24-year-old Donald Goodwill has been arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

Goodwill is facing one count of second degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court in Saskatchewan on Dec. 15 before being returned to Alberta in relation to this charge later next week.

“All I can say is that the suspect was arrested on the Friday,” said Insp. Tim McGough. “The investigation is still early and I can’t say what led us to the suspect, but I can say he was arrested in Saskatchewan.”

The Medicine Hat Police Service responded to a missing person check Thursday at noon at an apartment on Fifth Avenue SE and started the homicide investigation after an autopsy — which they got results for on Friday. McGough says police never want to assume things about a crime scene.

“We never want to jump to conclusions — we always want to evidence to lead us to to the correct findings,” he said. “We had our suspicions, but we always leave it to experts to determine how we should treat a scene, in this case it was results from the medical examiner.”

McGough says the MHPS feels there is no danger to the public and that this is an isolated incident.

When asked if the MHPS is looking for more suspects McGough said, “No, we are not.” He added that updates will come when they are available and that an update could come Monday or Tuesday.

“It’s preliminary right now and the investigation has only been going on since Thursday,” he said. “This is a complex file, let me put it that way, and it’s going to take us a considerable amount of time to put this all together.

“Right now things are going really well, we have someone in custody and the timeline will be dictated by the court system.”

Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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