A southern Alberta bylaw officer and former Mountie is dead after an incident at an acreage near the community of Priddis, just outside Calgary.
Canoe News reports sources saying Former RCMP officer Rod Lazenby was "ambushed by the suspect, handcuffed and severely beaten." "He was lying in wait." But investigators won't comment on the allegation.
CBC says what is known is that Lazenby was dropped off at a Calgary police station in his own SUV on Friday morning. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Police say the bylaw officer was driven to the station by a "person of interest" who turned himself in to police. The man is now in custody but so far no charges have been laid.
Canoe News reports, that there had been ongoing problems over dogs at the acreage over the past several months and the person who lived there was facing numerous dog related charges. When the suspect arrived at the police station he initially tried to file a report that someone was trying to steal his dogs. When police told him it was a matter for the RCMP, the source tells Canoe News, "Then, he took officers outside to show them who was trying to steal his dogs."
Bruce Adams, who owns the acreage says his tenant had run-ins before with Lazeby. "He's got a few dogs. That was what the whole battle was about." Apparently bylaw control had been investigating neighbor complaints that the man had about 25 barking Blue Heeler dogs kept in a Quonset hut on the property, far more than is permitted on rural properties. But Adams says the animals are in good health and didn't cause any problems.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
The Ottawa Citizen says condolences have been pouring in from Lazenby's colleagues, Alberta's solicitor general, and Calgary's police chief.
To see a video of the RCMP news conference about the case, click here.