Police share photos of suspect in fatal downtown Calgary stabbing

Police have shared photos of a man suspected in a fatal stabbing in downtown Calgary on June 30. 

Around 7 p.m., police said a man was walking by James Short Park, located in southwest Calgary, when he heard an altercation talking place between a man and woman inside the park.

The victim heard the woman tell the man to stop hitting her, police said, and went to confront the man.

Police said it is believed that the suspect pulled a knife on the victim and threatened him. The victim turned to run, but tripped and fell onto the back bumper of a red or burgundy SUV.

The vehicle, which was located in the eastbound curb lane of Fifth Avenue S.W. by the Centre Street S.W. intersection, drove away from the scene. Police said they would like to talk to this person, as they are a witness.

Police say the suspect then caught up to the victim and stabbed him.

The victim was taken to hospital but died on July 3. 

Calgary police said they are releasing images of a man stabbed on June 30 in James Short Park in the hopes that potential witnesses will recognize his clothing. His face has been obscured as he cannot be publicly identified until after an autopsy takes place. (Submitted by Calgary Police Service)

The suspect is described as Indigenous, in his early 20s, five-foot-ten-inches to six-feet tall, with a slim to medium build, and long, dark hair in braids. He was wearing a grey shirt, red shorts, a baseball cap, and tall dark socks and black and white Nike running shoes. He was carrying two dark-coloured bags, criss-crossed over his shoulders. 

Police said investigators are also looking to corroborate the victim’s story of the fight in the park.

“This is one of those cases in which information from the public will be crucial to helping us find answers to what occurred last Wednesday. Our team is working hard to get to the bottom of what happened, and to find the person responsible for this attack,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta with the CPS homicide unit, in a release. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CPS at 403-266-1234. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or its website.

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