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Charges laid in Calgary’s 24th homicide of 2022

Charges of second degree murder, attempted murder, and robbery with a firearm have been laid Calgary police against Taylor Roan, 25, after a pair of shootings in Calgary’s northeast last Friday and Saturday.

Roan was arrested by Calgary Police after a shooting in Castleridge on Nov. 11, and a fatal shooting Nov. 12 in Falconridge.

“Due to the violent nature and proximity in time, public safety became a priority for us,” said CPS Staff Sergeant Sean Gregson.

“Our teams worked around the clock, and we employed numerous investigative resources from across the Service to find the suspect involved in these shootings.

“With this arrest, we have removed that threat from the community, ensuring the safety of the public.”

Staff Sgt. Gregson said that police noted the similarity between the two incidents early on in their investigations.

Investigators believe that the victim, identified as Nathan Ward, 41, was known to Roan. The service said that they are continuing to investigate the motive for the attack.

Police said they believe the motive for the Nov. 11 shooting was robbery, and that the victim in that crime and the suspect were unknown to each other.

The Nov. 12 shooting death is the city’s 24th for 2022.

According to police, there were 21 homicides in 2021, and 34 in 2020. The five year average for murders in Calgary is 26.