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Police investigaton continues into apparent homicide in west end of St. John's early Sunday morning

Police guard the scene of an apparent homicide on Craigmillar Ave. in St. John's early Sunday morning. The street has been closed to traffic and residents have been advised to shelter in place.
Police guard the scene of what has been called a suspicious death on Craigmillar Ave. in St. John's early Sunday morning. — Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Man found dead on the street, residents were told to remain in their homes for much of the day

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Craigmillar Avenue in St. John's has been re-opened to vehicular traffic as the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary continues its investigation into what it terms a suspicious death on the street in the west end of city early Sunday morning

On Sunday morning, residents of the area awoke to the presence of heavily armed police, while near one home, a body lay in the street covered in a yellow tarp.

At least one resident reported hearing about four gunshots about 4:10 a.m. Sunday, with police showing up shortly after.

An RNC news release confirmed that upon arrival at the scene, officers located a male who was deceased.

"The death of this man is believed to be suspicious, and investigators are working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death,” the release stated. “Operational Patrol Services and Forensic Identification Section will remain in the area to secure the scene, canvass the neighbourhood and gather evidence.”

Officers were seen going door-to-door speaking with residents after the scene quieted down towards noon, although the road remained closed to traffic until Sunday evening.

Before that, heavily armed officers surrounded a home on the street. Outside the home, a vehicle could be seen parked on the wrong side of the road with the front door open, as if someone had exited the vehicle quickly.

A Tweet by the RNC at the time asked area residents to remain inside their homes.

"We are at the scene of a developing situation on Craigmillar Avenue, St. John’s. Residents in the area are asked to 'SHELTER IN PLACE' until further advised. Craigmillar Avenue is closed until further notice," read the posting.

Midway through Sunday morning, the RNC’s Tactics and Rescue Unit arrived and deployed around a nearby property, along with police dog services. Not long after, the tactical team appeared to stand down. Forensic officers arrived at the scene, followed later by the Rovers Search and Rescue team, often utilized to help in a ground search for evidence.

An ambulance on standby left the scene and another update came from the RNC through Twitter: 

“Officers will remain on scene securing an area of Craigmillar Avenue in order to render safe. We ask area residents to remain inside at this time, and there is still no public access to Craigmillar Avenue.," read the mid-afternoon post.

However, by 5:30 p.m., the street had been reopened to traffic.

Police investigators are looking for CCTV or dash-camera footage in the area prior to the police response. Anyone who has information which may assist the investigation is asked to call the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

With files from Glen Whiffen and Keith Gosse
Twitter: @StJohnsTelegram



 

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