Update: Charges laid – Edmonton police investigate three suspicious deaths in the first 28 hours of the year

The 2023 Alberta homicide victim list is available here

The first suspicious death occurred on January 1st at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Police were called to the report of a disturbance at a residence in the area of 16 A Avenue and 38 Street.

On arrival police located an injured 51-year-old Barinder Singh and a 21-year-old female. Both were taken to hospital where Barinder Singh died of his injuries.

An autopsy was completed on January 6th and determined his cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be homicide. Police said Singh and his daughter were victims of a wrongly targeted shooting. He Has been charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm with intent.

Update On Feb. 14, 2023, the EPS issued a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Tevahn Orr, 31. On Mar. 21, 2023, Orr turned himself in to the Hamilton Police Service. 

The second suspicious death recorded for 2023 was the sudden death of a man at a residence in the area of 107 Avenue and 106 Street on January 1st at approximately 1:00pm.

On arrival police located the man deceased at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Ronald Bell, 70, and determined the manner of death is homicide. For investigative reasons, the cause of death is being withheld at this time.

Update on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, Donn Austin Gauthier, 43, was taken into custody. He is currently facing charges of first-degree murder, arson, indignity to a body and breach recognize in relation to Mr. Bell’s death.

Edmonton Police Service is investigating the third suspicious death of 2023.

EMS responded to a report of a man in medical distress outside of a shelter in the area of 100 Street and 105A Avenue on January 2nd at 6:30am.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Hospital staff noted injuries consistent with a gunshot wound and immediately contacted police.

An autopsy was completed on January 9th and the Edmonton Medical Examiner identified the victim as Shane Bakewell, 32, and the cause of death was a gunshot wound, and the manner of death is homicide.

Anyone with information about Shane’s death is asked to call the EPS at 780-423-4567.