Man dies after downtown Halifax stabbing, suspect arrested

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Police were called to Insight Optometry on Brunswick Street in Halifax on Thursday morning after receiving a report of a man with a weapon. (Rob Short/CBC - image credit)
Police were called to Insight Optometry on Brunswick Street in Halifax on Thursday morning after receiving a report of a man with a weapon. (Rob Short/CBC - image credit)

A suspect has been arrested after a stabbing Thursday morning in downtown Halifax left one man dead and another injured.

Halifax Regional Police were called to Insight Optometry on Brunswick Street around 9:15 a.m. AT after a man entered the clinic and attacked two men who were inside.

A 55-year-old man was stabbed and taken to hospital, where he later died from his injuries, according to a media release from police.

The other victim, a 66-year-old man, was also injured during the altercation. He was taken to hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The attacker fled the area on foot.

Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested a short time later in the area.

Charges expected, say police

Police say they are treating the incident as a homicide and charges are expected. They said the investigation is in its preliminary stages and they couldn't comment on a possible motive.

Rob Short/CBC
Rob Short/CBC

Brunswick Street between Sackville Street and Spring Garden Road as well as Doyle Street at Queen Street were temporarily closed while police responded to the scene.

This is the fifth homicide in the Halifax area in the past two months. Police previously said it's too early to speculate whether the incidents are connected.

On Wednesday, Halifax RCMP confirmed the death of a 28-year-old man whose body was found inside a vehicle in Loon Lake has been determined to be a homicide.

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