LPS investigate homicide

Just after midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, LPS were called to a residence on 53 St. about a disturbance.

LPS are currently investigating a homicide, the first in the city in about a decade.

Just after midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, LPS were called to a residence on 53 St. along the 5100 block about a disturbance.

“Upon arrival police found several persons in the residence including two males suffering serious injuries,” said LPS Inspector Lorne Blumhagen.

One male was transported to the Red Deer Regional Hospital by EMS.

The second injured male, 26-year-old Brent John Forgie of Leduc, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

With the assistance of the Calgary Medical Examiners’ office, an autopsy confirmed Brent Forgie’s death was a homicide, said Blumhagen.

At the scene, LPS took two males into custody. One male suspect, Jesse Vankroonenburgh, 23, from Calgary, was charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to the male victim transported to the hospital.

LPS continue to investigate the incident along with the assistance of the Red Deer Forensic Identification Services and the medical examiner’s office.

“This senseless loss of life is tragic,” said LPS Chief Steve Murray. “No community is immune from violence, but this sort of criminal behaviour is so out of character for Lacombe. The impact on the neighbourhood and entire community is significant.”

Blumhagen said the incident occurred in a residence that was not previously known to police. Those involved in the incident were also not previously known to police.

At the time of publication, charges related to the homicide are still pending.