Calgary, AB,

January suspicious death deemed non-culpable homicide

The investigation into a suspicious death that occurred in January has concluded and it has been determined to be a non-culpable homicide.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, we were called to a home in the 500 block of Penworth Way S.E., for reports of a shooting within the home that left a person in critical, life-threatening condition. The victim was declared deceased a short time later.

At the time, one person was taken into custody, but was released without charges. The incident was determined to be domestic in nature and out of respect for the privacy of the family, the victim’s identity was not released.

After an extensive investigation, including consultation with the Crown Prosecutor, investigators have concluded that this was a non-culpable homicide. No charges will be laid and the deceased will remain unidentified. No further details will be released.

A non-culpable homicide includes situations where the homicide occurs as a result of an accident or in self-defence. Although a person died at the hands of another, the likelihood of conviction would not stand the test of a criminal trial and therefore charges are not laid. Under Statistics Canada reporting guidelines, non-culpable homicides are not counted in homicide statistics.

To date in 2020, there have been 30 homicides in Calgary.

Case #20016167