Police investigating home invasion; dog killed by intruders

Lethbridge Police are investigating a home invasion that resulted in a pet dog being shot and killed.

On November 28, 2016 at approximately 12:40 p.m. police responded to a report of a home invasion along the 1900 block of 23 Street North where a firearm had been discharged. The male and female occupants reported that two unknown, masked men entered the home, pointed a firearm at them and demanded money. There were also two large dogs inside the residence and when one of them became aggressive with the subjects, the male with the firearm fired one round which struck the dog. A struggle then ensued between the male occupant of the home and the assailants subsequently fled. The dog was taken to the emergency vet clinic but succumbed to his injuries.

Suspect #1 is described as an Aboriginal male, approximately five-feet-eight with a slender build. He was wearing a grey coat, light blue pants, a balaclava and was in possession of the firearm.

Suspect #2 is described as an Aboriginal male, about six-feet-one with a chunky build. He was wearing a dark coat, dark or black dress pants and a balaclava.

This was a targeted, drug-related incident, not a random crime.

Investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Public Safety Communications Centre 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to an arrest.