Father of two shot five times in quiet community

robin kuniski/for metro calgary


The alley behind this home on Madeira Close NE was where a man who neighbours have identified as Chris Armstrong was gunned down shortly before 6:30 p.m. last night. Police have no suspects in the slaying, though witnesses reported a burgundy Oldsmobile Aurora leaving the scene of the shooting.

His neighbour was revived twice after suffering five gunshot wounds in a northeast alley and 47-year-old Martin Jurkovic thought his friend would pull through.

Instead, a man Jurkovic identified as Chris Armstrong died as a result of wounds suffered when he was gunned down in a Marlborough Park alley yesterday evening.

"It’s gonna start setting in pretty quick here, because I thought he was going to make it," said Jurkovic, who has lived in the normally quiet northeast community for 34 years.

Jurkovic said when he heard the gunshots he ran outside, the victim’s wife was screaming "oh my God", and he rushed to Armstrong’s aid.

Others on the scene had passed Jurkovic the phone to speak with 9-1-1 operators as they administered CPR, because the victim had stopped breathing, he said. They revived him twice and then the police took over, keeping him alive until paramedics arrived. Jurkovic said Armstrong, who leaves behind a wife and two kids, suffered four gunshot wounds to the chest, and one to the face.

City cops, who responded to the 300 block of Madeira Close NE shortly before 6:30 p.m., have very few details on Calgary’s sixth homicide of 2008, not able to comment on any connection to drugs or gangs, nor any potential motive for the killing. Duty Insp. Kevin Pollack said he had no information to suggest this was a random shooting.

Sources who wish to remain unnamed told Metro the victim did use drugs "recreationally," but they added that he was a good, honest man who didn’t appear to be in any trouble.

Jurkovic talks of a neighbour who enjoyed ice-fishing and quading, adding that "he loved his family."

"He’d come home and basically it was Canadian time," said Jurkovic, referring to the duo enjoying a few beverages after a hard work week.

Neighbour Bill Feher sub-contracted Armstrong this winter for snow removal, and he remembers Armstrong as a hard working man.

"It’s really unfortunate, because I really liked the guy… yeah, I really liked him," said Feher.



  • Witnesses have said that a burgundy Oldsmobile Aurora was reported leaving the scene of the shooting, though police are not able to confirm if this vehicle was involved in the incident.

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