Maskwacis RCMP investigate suspicious death

Mounties are investigating a suspicious death at the Samson Cree Nation townsite.

Mounties are investigating a suspicious death at the Samson Cree Nation townsite.

A joint operation into the case involves members from the Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin detachments as well as investigators from the major crime unit.

Police say at approximately 1:49 a.m. on March 27 officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a home. Upon arrival, it was determined three people were injured.

Officers located two of the injured men, who stated they had been assaulted. Investigators then found another man, who had succumbed to his injuries.

All three men are believed to be victims of a home invasion, say police, who added that they do not have anyone in custody at this time.

The RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and Police Dog Services (PDS) are in Maskwacis assisting investigators.

Included in the investigation are members of the the Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section (GIS) and Maskwacis Community Response Unit (CRU). The investigation is in its early stages as police process the scene and conduct witness interviews.

An autopsy will be conducted at the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton on March 29 to determine the cause and manner of death of the deceased.

New information will be provided to the media by way of updates when it becomes available.

The Maskwacis RCMP would like to hear from anyone who may have information about this matter and asks that they call the Maskwacis RCMP Detachment at 780-585-3767. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you may qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).