Two charged after fatal shooting in Lacombe
A Lacombe man and woman have been charged in connection with the shooting death of a Ponoka man early Sunday.
Lacombe Police Service said they were called to Lacombe’s hospital after a 20-year-old man was dropped off with a gunshot wound. Jeffrey Kraft later died from his injuries.
Police said Kraft had met up earlier with the man and woman, whom he knew. While driving in northeast Lacombe, a confrontation occurred and the suspect pulled a gun.
“During the confrontation, the firearm was discharged, causing the injuries to the victim,” said police in a news release late Monday.
“After the incident, the victim was driven to the hospital and left in their care. The female and male suspects then fled.”
Lacombe police put out word they were looking for suspects who were located by Sylvan Lake RCMP and arrested after a short foot chase.
“Both suspects have been charged in relation to the homicide,” said police, who did not say what charges were laid.
Tyler John Campbell, 27, and Amie Rogers, 21, remain in custody and are due in Red Deer provincial court Friday.
An autopsy on Kraft is scheduled for Tuesday at the Calgary medical examiner’s office.
Lacombe police investigators worked with counterparts in the RCMP’s forensic and major crimes units.
Lacombe police Chief Lorne Blumhagen said the department’s crime reduction team, which was set up in October 2018, led the investigation.
“We have built some capacity in our organization to handles these types of files,” said Blumhagen.
The crime reduction team has already worked with RCMP on significant drug investigations and other serious crimes since it was created, he said.
“Definitely, our folks have been very busy and very active,” he said.