Calgary Police now investigating senior’s death as homicide

Calgary, Alberta – A resident injured in a fire at a senior’s facility last month died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, as a result of their injuries. This incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

At approximately 1:25 a.m., on Monday, April 27, 2020, police were called to Wentworth Manor, located at 5717 14 Avenue S.W., for reports of a suspicious fire. Upon arrival, the Calgary Fire Department had contained the fire and a man in his late 80s was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition.

Investigators had charged a resident of the facility with one count of arson in relation to the fire, and additional charges may be pending dependant upon the homicide investigation. The suspect suffers from a mental health condition and the man’s identity is not being released.

Fatal Arson Fire
Fatal Arson Fire

No additional details are available at this time.

Case #20165980/4163

BACKGROUND

Charges laid in fire at seniors’ facility

Calgary, Alberta – A victim who was injured in a fire early this morning remains in hospital in life-threatening condition. Investigators have since charged a second resident of the facility in relation to the fire.

At approximately 1:25 a.m., on Monday, April 27, 2020, police were called to Wentworth Manor, located at 5717 14 Avenue S.W., for reports of a suspicious fire. Upon arrival, the Calgary Fire Department was on scene and had contained the fire. As a result, a man in his 80s was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition.

Investigators from the Arson Unit and Homicide Unit worked together and have charged a man in his 70s with one count of arson. The suspect was a resident of the seniors’ facility and suffers from a mental health condition. As a result, the man’s identity is not being released.

“This is an extremely sad case,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “We believe that the offender was suffering from a significant cognitive impairment at the time of the incident and we are continuing to support all of the families involved.”

Investigators would like to thank members of the Calgary Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation.

Case #20165980/4163

Calgary Police Service



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