Murder charges in Alta. officer's death 0
Trevor Kloschinsky has been charged in the death of a former Mountie in Alberta. (BRENDAN MILLER/Special to QMI Agency)
CALGARY -- A 46-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a peace officer who was investigating a dog complaint when he was slain.
QMI Agency sources said the suspect was lying in wait at his Priddis-area home for MD of Foothills peace officer Rod Lazenby, who was investigating a complaint over dogs Friday morning, one of several lodged against the suspect in recent months.
The suspect raises Australian cattle dogs -- also known as blue heelers -- on the rental property where the attack allegedly occurred.
Sources said the officer was beaten severely, handcuffed and put in the back of his own vehicle, then taken to the District 8 office, where the suspect allegedly went inside to make a complaint about someone trying to steal his dogs.
When Calgary police officers told him it was an RCMP matter, he allegedly took them outside to show who he suspected of trying to steal the dogs, revealing Lazenby in the SUV.
Trevor Kloschinsky was arrested by Calgary officers before being transferred to RCMP custody, RCMP Insp. Garrett Woolsey said.
Officers continued to scour Kloschinsky’s property Saturday and an RCMP dog handler was brought in.
The search is expected to last until Monday, Woolsey said.
As a Level 2 peace officer, Lazenby was not carrying weapons, “due to the very narrow focus of work” according to the Alberta Solicitor General’s office.
Level 1 peace officers carry pepper spray and batons while Alberta sheriffs carry sidearms, along with pepper spray and batons.
A former Mountie, Lazenby retired from the force in 2005 before becoming a peace officer, Woolsey said.
“As many RCMP members do, they love law enforcement and they like to stay engaged so they find something that gives them a continuation of that life,” he said.
“In this case, the ultimate tragedy has occurred.
“As far as we know this is around a dog complaint and now this has occurred so it’s an emotional time for everyone.”
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, the same day Kloschinsky is scheduled to make a first appearance in court.
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