Man dies after trying to help woman in downtown Calgary dispute

Suspect caught up to the victim and stabbed him, Calgary police said

Calgary police released the picture of the victim with the hope people who witnessed the incident would recognize the man's clothes. He's not yet identified. CALGARY POLICE SERVICE

The Calgary police homicide unit is investigating after a man died trying to intervene in an apparent dispute between a man and a woman.

They’ve now found CCTV footage with someone they believe to be the suspect.

According to police, around 7 p.m. on June 30, a victim was walking by James Short Parkade at 115 – 4 Avenue SW, when he heard arguing between another man and a woman. Police said after hearing the woman tell the man to stop hitting her, the victim confronted the man.

Police said it’s believed the suspect pulled a knife and threatened the victim. When the victim tried to run away, he tripped and fell onto the bumper of a car stopped on 5 Avenue in the eastbound curb lane. 

The vehicle then drove away. Police would like to speak with that person as they are now a witness.

The suspect then caught up to the victim and stabbed him, police said. The victim was taken to hospital by died on Saturday, according to police.

CCTV of suspect

Calgary police are turning to the public for help and now have CCTV footage from the area. They describe the suspect as Indigenous, between 20 and 25 years old, 5’10″ to 6’ tall, with a slim to medium build, with long, dark hair in braids. He was wearing a grey t-shirt, red shorts, a baseball hat and tall dark socks with black and white Nike running shoes. He carried two dark-coloured bags, criss-crossed over his shoulders.

CCTV images of the suspect, according to police. CALGARY POLICE SERVICE

They have also released the body worn camera images of the victim to see if potential witnesses can recall the incident.

“People may have seen the altercation and not know that it resulted in such a serious and tragic outcome,” said Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta, with the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit.

“If you witnessed anything in the area that might be connected to this incident, have dash-cam footage, or any other information, please call us. Even the smallest piece of information can turn out to be the most important detail we need to figure out what happened.”

An autopsy is scheduled for July 6.

Anyone with information is asked to call 403-266-1234.

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