Doctor to assess suspect in peace officer’s death

OKOTOKS — Court has been told that a doctor is to assess the mental health of a man suspected of killing an Alberta peace officer.

OKOTOKS — Court has been told that a doctor is to assess the mental health of a man suspected of killing an Alberta peace officer.

Trevor Kloschinsky is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Rod Lazenby.

Lazenby was a former Mountie who was enforcing bylaws for the Municipal District of Foothills in the province’s southwest.

Kloschinsky, 46, did not appear in court in Okotoks, Alta., on Tuesday, but is to appear in person on Wednesday after he’s been seen by the doctor.

Lazenby was responding to a noise complaint on Kloschinsky’s property near Priddis, Alta., on Friday.

He was dropped off at a police station District 8 in Calgary later that day in what police said was “medical distress” and died in hospital.

At Kloschinsky’s first court appearance on Monday, he was slumped against a wall and his own duty counsel found it difficult to interview him.

The accused’s lawyer asked the court for a psychiatric assessment.

Solicitor General Jonathan Denis has said he will be reviewing policies for peace officers, who do not carry guns. They are armed with a baton and pepper spray. They also work alone.

Denis is considering amending the rules so that peace officers must work with partners. He will also look at whether they should carry sidearms.

(CTV Calgary)

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