Homeowner who shot, killed man in rural Alberta break-in won’t be charged: RCMP

RCMP say a homeowner who shot and killed a man who broke into his home in central Alberta will not be charged.

The confrontation happened at a rural home in Red Deer County at around 3 p.m. on Aug. 2.

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Members of the Blackfalds RCMP department were on their way to the home for reports of a break and enter when they received an update that one man was injured and bleeding and another had been shot.

RCMP said officers arrived at the home 10 minutes after being dispatched, at which time they found the homeowner injured and a second man dead.

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In a Friday news release, RCMP said witnesses reported that the homeowner had arrived at his residence to find the deceased sleeping inside.

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“A confrontation then occurred in which the deceased struck the homeowner numerous times with a baseball bat,” RCMP said. “During the attack, the homeowner was able to retrieve a firearm and shot the deceased one time.”

RCMP said that after consultation with the Crown prosecutor’s office, the decision was made that charges will not be laid.

“In this particular case, there was a lot of evidence and it was all very consistent,” RCMP Cpl. Susan Richter said. “The Crown prosecutor’s office was pretty comfortable with the decision that charges were not appropriate.”

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“This is a very unique incident with some very unique circumstances to it,” she said. “We don’t see this kind of thing often.”

“This is a case that has really rocked the community and received a pretty strong response from everyone, very understandably.”

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Richter said RCMP haven’t yet received a report from the medical examiner, which will include details such as if the deceased had drugs or alcohol in his system.

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