Calgary business owner killed waiting for help after responding to b and e alarm

Update March 17, 8:49 a.m.

Following an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the victim has been identified as 56-year-old Christophe HERBLIN of Calgary.

An autopsy has been completed in relation to the homicide of an innocent business owner in southwest Calgary. Calgary Police Service homicide investigators continue to search for evidence and ask for people with information to come forward.

The victim had responded to a break-and-enter alarm at his business around 3 a.m., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Police attended the scene and searched the business before clearing the location. The victim then remained in the parking lot waiting for the business to be secured until approximately 6 a.m., at which time it is believed at least three offenders returned to the scene.

It is alleged the three suspects were attempting to gain access into an adjoining cannabis store through the victim’s business in the 3800 block of Bow Trail S.W.

During the encounter, the victim suffered fatal injuries. He was able to walk a short distance to a nearby business where emergency crews were called.

Investigators initially asked for help locating a Dodge Calibre belonging to the victim. With the assistance of the RCMP, the vehicle was located and one man was taken into custody, who has since been released. Police continue to investigate his involvement in the homicide, if any.

The family of Christophe Herblin have shared a brief statement and a photo of Christophe in hopes that people who have information related to this incident will come forward.

“There are no words that I can say that will be adequate to describe Christophe. He was a kind, generous, and gentle man. He loved his family, cooking, animals, motorcycles, good friends and wonderful food and wine. He worked extremely hard to realize his dream of opening his own cafe. That dream was cut short by this senseless tragedy. He was much loved and will be missed always. Our hearts are broken.”

– On behalf of the Herblin Famil

Update March 15, 8:01 p.m.

A Dodge Calibre previously sought by investigators in connection with a homicide earlier this weekend has been located. Calgary Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this investigation.

Homicide Unit officers continue to ask anyone with information about any cannabis store break and enters in the last month to contact the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.

Additional details regarding this case will be released following the autopsy on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Tips about this case can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

Update March 15, 2:10 p.m.

Investigators need help locating a car thought to be connected to the suspicious death of an innocent business owner.

The victim, who detectives believe had a fatal confrontation with at least three suspects outside of his business in the 3800 block of Bow Trail S.W., died at the scene on March 14, 2020. He was waiting for his business to be secured following an earlier break and enter. It is believed the three suspects were attempting to gain access into an adjoining cannabis store through the victim’s business.

Police are searching for information about a black Dodge Caliber that has a distinctive chrome gas cap located on the driver’s side of the car. This vehicle was captured on CCTV in the area at the time of the incident – between 3 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. A photo of the vehicle in question is being released in hopes of generating tips from the public.

Homicide Unit officers continue to ask anyone with information about any cannabis store break and enters in the last month to contact the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.

Additional details regarding this case will be released following the autopsy on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Tips about this case can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

APP: P3 Tips

Case #20109036

—– Original story —-

Homicide Unit investigators are releasing additional details of a suspicious death earlier this morning that is being investigated as a homicide.

The victim had responded to a break-and-enter alarm at his business around 3 a.m. He remained in the parking lot until approximately 6 a.m., waiting for the business to be secured, when he was approached by at least three offenders.

It is believed the three suspects were attempting to gain access to an adjoining cannabis store through the victim’s business in the 3800 block of Bow Trail S.W.

During the encounter, the victim suffered fatal injuries. He was able to walk a short distance to a nearby business where emergency crews were called.

Police are asking anyone with information about any cannabis store break and enters in the last month to contact the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.

Additional details regarding this case will be released following the autopsy on Monday, March 16, 2020.

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