Male arrested and homicide charges pending

Lethbridge Police have arrested a 52-year-old man and homicide charges are pending after an officer happened upon a violent assault in progress earlier this afternoon.

On September 16, 2017 at approximately 3:30 p.m. an officer on patrol observed and intervened in an assault in progress along the 400 block of 6 Avenue South. EMS were immediately called and the male suspect was arrested. A 48-year-old woman was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died a short time later.

Investigation has determined the victim and accused are known to one another. This was not a random incident.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of her next of kin and other investigative considerations, including completion of an autopsy. The name of the accused cannot be released until charges have been sworn.

At this time the investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone who may have been in the area and heard or observed the assault to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.