Second assailant in hospital after break-in at Langdon house



Robin Kuniski/For Metro Calgary

An RCMP investigator looks at evidence left behind after a man was killed during a home invasion early yesterday morning near Langdon. Police said one of the home invaders was killed by a resident of the home.

A home invader is dead and an accomplice is in serious condition in hospital after the male renter of a residence west of Langdon fought back against his attackers.

According to Strathmore RCMP Cpl. Patty Neely, two men forced their way into the side door of a home on a rural farmstead 14 kilometres east of Calgary on Glenmore Trail.

The assailants made their way to a bedroom in the home where they were met by a 35-year-old tenant along with his 24-year-old girlfriend and an altercation ensued.

Neely confirmed both attackers suffered stab wounds, though it is uncertain what type of weapon was used, and whether the weapon belonged to the attacker or the resident.

“To have a deceased person, you know, a home invasion where your attacker ends up deceased is pretty rare,” said Neely, noting all parties in the incident knew each other.

Investigators were still combing the scene for clues late yesterday afternoon and Neely said the investigation will focus on whether or not police are looking at this as a murder.

“By definition, a homicide is one man killing another — so, yes, it’s a homicide — (the victim) didn’t die accidentally, however. Whether it’s a murder investigation is not yet clear.”

The resident of a home is allowed to use as much force as necessary to defend their home, according to Neely, though it must be the minimum amount of force necessary. That’s what investigators will need to uncover, she said.

Residents of Langdon should not be worried, according to Neely, saying this was a targeted attack, though the motive has not yet been determined.

Drugs, gangs or other illicit activity are not believed to be motivating factors to the home invasion, Neely said.

The man killed was 32 years old and believed to live near Strathmore. The other attacker was a 27-year-old man, who first appeared at Strathmore Hospital with stab wounds before being taken to hospital in Calgary. The injuries are serious, but not believed to be life-threatening.

The male resident of the home suffered minor injuries. The female resident was unharmed.

Strathmore RCMP, along with Calgary RCMP and their major crimes and forensic units, are continuing the investigation.

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