RCMP investigating suspicious death of woman in Red Deer

Police received report of shots fired in townhouse complex hear hospital

RCMP have determined the death of a woman in Red Deer on Feb. 1 was suspicious.

Police are not releasing where she is from, her identity or age. They were still in the process of notifying next of kin, RCMP K Division spokesman Cpl. Hal Turnbull said.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death will take place in Calgaryon Thursday by the office of the Chief Medical examiner.

About 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday, Red Deer RCMP responded to a disturbance of possible shots fired in the area of a townhouse complex near 54th Avenue and 43rd Street.

That was followed a few minutes later by the report of a pickup truck colliding with a power pole by the hospital on 42nd Street and the driver fleeing the scene.

RCMP are not confirming the incidents are linked but they are looking very closely at this, Turnbull said.

The townhouses are located west of the Red Deer Regional Hospital. It was a Ford F-350 truck that collided with the power pole on 42nd Street, which is the road off Gaetz Avenue that leads up to the Red Deer Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department entrance. The road was closed for a period of time.

The investigation is ongoing, and besides the Major Crime Unit, includes Red Deer RCMP and the Forensic Identification Section, Turnbull said.

The Red Deer RCMP would like to hear from anyone who may have information about this matter and asks that they call the Red Deer Municipal RCMP Detachment at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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