B.C. man charged with second degree murder in Banff

RCMP have charged a man after they fatally stabbed a 27-year-old man in Banff, Alberta. just after midnight on Saturday.

John Proule, 20, of Lake Country, B.C., has been charged with second-degree murder, RCMP said in a statement Sunday.

Police said a second suspect who was also taken into custody on Saturday had been released without charge as they determined he was not directly involved.

Saturday’s homicide is the second in the mountain town in the past four weeks.

RCMP said they responded to a 911 call that said a man was stabbed around midnight Saturday. It arose after an altercation outside Dancing Sasquatch nightclub in the 100 block of Banff Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male from Foothills County, Alberta. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

RCMP said they believe the incident was unrelated to another fatal altercation that occurred outside the same nightclub earlier in August that resulted in the death of a 26 year old man.

There have been two fatal altercations on Banff Avenue in the past four weeks that police say are unrelated. (Helen Pike/CBC)

“Police recognize the concern the general public may have, due to the two recent violent events in Banff,” RCMP wrote in a statement Saturday afternoon.

“The RCMP believe these are isolated incidents and there is no longer any concern for the safety and security of the general public, including Banff residents and visitors.”


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