Police called to scuffle in NW

Homicide detectives are investigating the city’s latest suspicious death after a homeless man was killed inside a northwest shelter.

Just after midnight Wednesday police were called to the Centre 2507 located in the 2500 block of Bowness Road NW to investigate a reported fight between two men.


The 45-year-old victim was rushed to hospital with critical head injuries where he died three hours later.

Homicide Staff Sgt. Kevin Forsen said police haven’t confirmed the death as murder yet.

"We continue to treat this incident as a suspicious death. Investigators are still interviewing people who were present at the time of the disturbance," Forsen said.

Wayne Stewart, president and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, said this was an isolated incident that Calgarians shouldn’t pin on homeless people.

"Nothing like this has happened before. There was a fight; it was an anomaly. This is not unique to people who are homeless. We have all had it happened to us, too," Stewart said, referring to the altercation between the two men.

Stewart said tensions can ride high when shelters are at capacity, but said that isn’t the case now as the temperatures aren’t that cold.

Police continue to investigate what could become the city’s sixth homicide of the year. No charges have yet been laid.



  • The northwest shelter works as an overflow for the Calgary Drop In Centre located downtown and can house up to about 125 men.

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