Red Deer RCMP say the investigation into a fatal attack Monday morning at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic is moving quickly.
One male is in custody after being arrested by police at the scene. Police say they are not looking for anyone else and there is no further threat to the public, say RCMP.
Supt. Gerald Grobmeier, detachment commander of the Red Deer RCMP, who provided an update on the investigation Monday night, said charges are expected to be laid soon.
The clinic remains closed while Red Deer RCMP conduct their investigation.
A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Friday at Red Deer City Hall for the doctor fatally injured when he was attacked with a hammer at the clinic Monday morning.
Mayor Tara Veer said the senseless loss of life has left the community shocked and grieving.
The mayor and council are encouraging anyone suffering trauma to call Red Deer city victim services at 403-406-2345.
“Many citizens were on scene when this tragedy occurred, and we are concerned about the well-being of first-hand witnesses, clinic staff and other bystanders at the Village Mall,” the mayor said in a statement.
“I also want to offer heartfelt thanks to not only the first responders, but also to the citizens who supported at the scene. Thank you for your quick response and bravery. This was essential in preventing further harm and apprehending a suspect,” the mayor said.
Dr. Christine Molnar, president of the Alberta Medical Association, said on Facebook the attack was a shock.
“I have just learned of this horrific attack on a Red Deer physician,” she said.
“I can’t express my sense of disbelief and great sorrow for his family, his colleagues and the Red Deer community. The AMA will be reaching out to local medical staff to learn how we can best provide support at this time.”
Friday’s vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m.