Prince Albert police investigating 2nd Saturday homicide

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The Prince Albert Police Service is investigating two suspected Saturday homicides, leading Chief Jonathan Bergen to release a statement addressing violence in the city. (Prince Albert Police Service - image credit)
The Prince Albert Police Service is investigating two suspected Saturday homicides, leading Chief Jonathan Bergen to release a statement addressing violence in the city. (Prince Albert Police Service - image credit)

Police in Prince Albert have given up scheduled time off to deal with two homicides that occurred Saturday.

The day began with the early morning shooting of a 32-year-old man, police said on Sunday.

That night, officers responded to a weapons complaint at the 100 block of River Street West just before 11:30 p.m. where they found a man, 47, who had sustained serious wounds.

He was transported to Victoria Hospital where he died.

As of 8:47 a.m. Sunday, the block of River Street West was blocked off as the criminal investigation division and forensic identification unit investigate his death.

"Every loss due to violence is a tragedy and one that cannot be justified or explained," police Chief Jonathan Bergen said in a statement on Sunday.

Bergen said both incidents are being investigated, and the officers involved have given up scheduled time off to respond to the deaths.

"We know that our community is struggling with an increase in weapons violence, addictions, poverty, mental health concerns and calls related to inter-personal violence," Bergen wrote.

"We will continue to focus on addressing violence and the effects it has on public safety in our community."

No one has been arrested in connection with the deaths, and police are asking anyone with information to call 306-953-4222 or Crime Stoppers.

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