STRATHCONA COUNTY – RCMP say three members of the same family were killed in a murder-suicide at their home Monday.
During a press conference Tuesday, Strathcona County RCMP Supt. Dave Kalist said they are investigating what is believed to be the homicides of a 55-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.
On May 4 at 6:14 a.m., Strathcona County RCMP responded to a 911 call of a man with a firearm at a residence on Range Road 222. To protect the public, the area was contained, traffic was diverted and nearby residences were evacuated. When Strathcona RCMP, including the Emergency Response Team, made entry onto the subject’s property, three people and one dog were located, deceased.
The 911 call was made by a fourth person who was in the home and survived.
The RCMP remained on scene at the residence overnight and the investigation is ongoing. As per the provisions of the Federal Privacy Act, names of the victims will not be provided by the RCMP.
“Because the RCMP does not anticipate that this incident will result in criminal charges, we are limited in the information that we can provide to the public” says Superintendent Dave Kalist, Detachment Commander of Strathcona County RCMP. “This is an extremely horrific situation and we ask that respect, support and privacy be directed to this family.”
The man is believed to be tax attorney, Greg Gartner, with Moodys Tax in Edmonton.
“The Moodys Tax team is shocked and saddened by the tragic events regarding the loss of a colleague and his family,” the company said in a statement Tuesday on its website. “It is impossible for any of us to comprehend the heartbreaking event that occurred yesterday.
“Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of all those involved. We are ensuring our team has access to support during this difficult time.
“No words can express the sense of loss and difficulty of understanding this kind of tragedy. We are all grieving together.”
According to land records, the land belongs to Lois Paterson.
Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of the community.
“Our community experienced a heart-wrenching loss of three lives on Monday,” said Frank. “We grieve together. I know there is a lot of pain that remains, and tragedy affects everyone in different ways.”
“For anyone in need of mental health supports, please contact Strathcona County Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044. I especially want to thank our emergency responders who did all they could in their response.”
Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press
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