RCMP in Alberta just released details about an incident that happened on Monday, May 4 on a family, murdered in Strathcona County. Police originally responded to a call about an armed man. Sadly, they discovered the bodies of three people in the same family.
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In a press release on Tuesday, May 5, RCMP said that they responded to a 911 call in the early morning of Monday, May 4. The caller reported a man armed with a firearm.
Police blocked off the area, diverting traffic and evacuating nearby houses from Range Road 222, Strathcona County — a town near Edmonton. Soon, police and the emergency response team arrived on the property.
There they discovered the bodies of three people and one dog, all deceased. RCMP are investigating what they're calling the homicides of a "55-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl."
Another body of a 53-year-old male was discovered. They believe his wound was self-inflicted.
"Because the RCMP does not anticipate that this incident will result in criminal charges, we are limited in the information that we can provide to the public," said Superintendent Dave Kalist, Strathcona County RCMP.
"This is an extremely horrific situation and we ask that respect, support and privacy be directed to this family."
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Police confirmed in a media briefing outside Strathcona County RCMP detachment that "a mother and daughter died as a result of homicide, and the male as a result of a self inflicted injury."
"We don't have any background on this, we're not speculating on why this might have happened," said Kalist during the media briefing. "Suffice it to say this is a tragedy where you have three deaths."
They have not released the names of anyone involved. During the briefing, Kalist also said that a firearm was used during the incident — it was not a prohibited or restricted gun.
RCMP do not have any record of domestic violence within the family, either.
Kalist continued in his briefing that he hopes the public and media would be supportive and understanding to those affected by the incident.
"There are family members, like I said, that are still left behind to deal with this."
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