Cops begin probe after body found on home yard
"What makes (the death) suspicious is that we don’t know the cause of death, who he is or the circumstances leading up to his death."
City cops are investigating what could be the city’s first homicide of the new year after a body was discovered in a southwest yard yesterday.
Just before 10 a.m. yesterday Calgary EMS was called to a home in the 1900 block of 49th Ave SW after a homeowner found a collapsed man on the front lawn.
Duty Insp. Kevan Stuart told Metro the death is being called suspicious and police continue to investigate what happened.
“What makes it suspicious is that we don’t know the cause of death, who he is or the circumstances leading up to his death and that is all things we are investigating,” he said.
While police won’t release the identity of the male until an autopsy is completed, it’s believed he was young and did not reside in the home.
The death comes on the heels of another police investigation into the 30th homicide of 2007. Police were investigating the first of three shootings on New Year’s Eve Monday in a downtown alley between 6th and 7th Avenues and 8th St. SW.
The victim was an Asian male in his 20’s who is known to police and an autopsy is expected to be released sometime today.
Police were also called to a second shooting New Year’s Eve in Forest Lawn. No injuries were reported but two cars were shot at.
Later that evening, four people were taken into custody in a third shooting in the neighbourhood of Sandstone. There were no injuries reported.
“It’s still too early to determine if the shootings were connected but that is why we are investigating. It was a very busy night for police,” Stuart said, adding police were also busy with city revelers.
“It’s your usual fun new year’s stuff. There were a lot of drunk people, a lot of drinking and a lot of fighting.”