Peace officer’s death investigated

PRIDDIS — RCMP cordoned off a rural acreage southwest of Calgary on Friday following the death of a municipal peace officer responsible for enforcing bylaws.

PRIDDIS — RCMP cordoned off a rural acreage southwest of Calgary on Friday following the death of a municipal peace officer responsible for enforcing bylaws.

Police were not identifying the officer who died, but Alberta’s solicitor general said his name was Rod Lazenby, an officer with the Municipal District of Foothills.

RCMP said there was an incident Friday morning at the Tangled Spur Ranch near the rural community of Priddis. Lazenby had been dispatched to a call on the property.

Peace officers with the Foothills district do not carry guns, but are armed with pepper spray and a baton. Police say no shots were fired, but would not say anything else about what happened when after the officer arrived.

Lazenby was taken to Calgary Police District 8 headquarters in the city’s south in medical distress. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

RCMP said they have one man who lived at the property in custody, but no charges have been laid.

On Friday afternoon, police officers were stringing yellow tape across the entrance to the property — a narrow tree-lined driveway leading to a rundown home.

“We are considering it a crime scene. We are protecting it until we can determine exactly what happened,” said RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely.

“We do believe that something occurred here — exactly what, we don’t know yet.”

Neely wouldn’t say who drove the officer to the Calgary police station, but the individual under arrest was taken into custody at the same time the officer arrived.

Peace officers enforce bylaws, animal complaints, liquor infractions and traffic laws in the district.

Local media reported that Lazenby was responding to a dog complaint. Neely wouldn’t confirm that, but did say there were dogs on the property.

Treasurer Bill Robinson was taking calls on behalf of the Foothills district Friday but didn’t have any information about what happened.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be performed Monday.

“We are working with the Calgary Police Service to determine what exactly occurred to this peace officer,” Neely said.

“Exactly what occurred and who drove (the officer to the headquarters) are still items that are part of the investigation.”

She would not say whether the officer was wounded.

“Obviously it does affect police officers more than an average one because it’s someone in the same line of work as us. But as far as our investigation, and how it’s conducted, there’s absolutely no difference,” Neely said.

Alberta Solicitor General Jonathan Denis released a statement extending his condolences.

“Tragedies such as this remind us all of the selfless acts peace and police officers make to protect our safety each and every day. On behalf of all Albertans, I want to recognize Mr. Lazenby for his service and assure his loved ones that his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Calgary police Chief Rick Hansen also expressed sympathy, saying that Lazenby would not be forgotten by his colleagues in law enforcement.

“This tragedy serves as a reminder that officers put their lives on the line every day,” said Hansen. “There is no such thing as a safe call and every situation can present unforeseen dangers.”

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