Good Samaritan falls victim in fight
Detectives are investigating the city’s first homicide of the year after a man died while allegedly trying to break up a fight outside a north-end bar.
Police say they were called to the parking lot of the Canadian Brew House near 127 Ave. and 97 St. after 12 a.m. Sunday when officers found a 46-year-old man suffering from serious injuries. The man was rushed to hospital where he later died.
Police don’t have anyone in custody in relation to the homicide and are still trying to figure out how many people were involved in the fight.
"In speaking with the staff, it sounded like the altercation happened outside and apparently somebody hit their head on the ground and didn’t get back up," said Roger Newton, a co-owner of the bar.
The group of people involved in the fight, including the victim, were not in the bar before the incident, Newton said.
Two waitresses working the night shift, he said, tried to save the man’s life as one of them performed CPR for about ten minutes.
"She tried to help as much as she could and she stayed with the gentlemen until help was there," he said.
A video surveillance tape from the bar has been seized by detectives, which could help them identify who was involved in the incident, says police spokeswoman Patricia Chalupczynska.
But police are still asking anyone with information to come forward by calling 423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.