Moun­ties too late to save woman from fa­tal at­tack

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - KEVIN MARTIN [email protected]­media.com

Moun­ties re­spond­ing to a pan­icked 911 call about an armed in­truder ar­rived to find a worst-case sce­nario — a Strath­more woman dead from mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

For­mer RCMP Cpl. Sean Doorn­bos said he was in charge of the de­tach­ment early Jan. 6, 2015, when he re­ceived a call from dis­patch.

The re­port was that a woman had called from a Strath­more res­i­dence “stat­ing some­thing to the ef­fect, ‘he’s got a gun, he’s try­ing to kill me,’ and a male voice say­ing ‘sorry,’” Doorn­bos said.

He said he rushed to the scene, fol­lowed a short time later by Const. Tyler Grif­fith, and dis­cov­ered a win­dow in the front door bro­ken.

Doorn­bos told Crown pros­e­cu­tor Lori Cham­bers that be­cause of the po­ten­tial of an armed as­sailant, they had to pro­ceed with cau­tion.

“We didn’t know what we were deal­ing with” Doorn­bos said. “We weren’t go­ing to charge into this blindly.”

But when they re­ceived a sec­ond re­port from dis­patch that a neigh­bour had called say­ing she heard gun­shots and saw a man leav­ing, they de­cided to go in.

In­side, they found a woman on the op­po­site side of a kitchen penin­sula. Once it was cer­tain there was no one else present, he re­turned to the vic­tim.

“I … checked for vi­tal signs and didn’t find any,” Doorn­bos said.

For­mer Strath­more res­i­dent Glenn Ran­dall is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the death of Walker, with whom he had bro­ken up just days ear­lier.

Mean­while, Doorn­bos said he con­tacted Ran­dall by cell­phone as the sus­pect was driv­ing on the Trans-Canada High­way and con­vinced him to turn him­self in.

Dur­ing his ini­tial ar­rest, Doorn­bos noted a smell of al­co­hol on Ran­dall’s breath.

“I drank a bot­tle and a half of wine,” Ran­dall told the in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

The trial con­tin­ues Thurs­day.

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