Man charged with second-degree murder at O’Chiese First Nation

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Mounties have arrested and charged a suspect with second-degree murder after a suspicious death involving firearms at O’Chiese First Nation.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP were called at 8:16 p.m. Thursday after a man had been injured in a “firearms incident,” police said in a Friday evening news release.

The victim, 23-year-old Troy Beaverbones from O’Chiese First Nation, was airlifted by STARS but later died in hospital.

An autopsy was expected to be conducted in Edmonton.

Police responded to a call about a break and enter at the O’Chiese First Nations Community Centre on Thursday and arrested a 27-year-old man at the scene.

Alberta RCMP major crimes unit, Rocky Mountain House RCMP, and the forensic team is at the scene investigating the suspicious death, which is being treated as a homicide.

Lyle Bearspaw, 27, is charged with second-degree murder, break and enter, fail to appear, and breach of probation. He has been remanded into custody following a judicial hearing. He is to appear in court Sept. 3.

Postmedia archives show a man with the same name was charged with assault and kidnapping with a firearm in Cochrane in 2017,  with stealing a vehicle in March 2018, and with robbery in January 2019.

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