A Red Deer doctor died Monday after being attacked inside an examination room at a walk-in clinic in the central Alberta city.
Deng Mabiour of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with first-degree murder in Monday's death of 45-year-old Dr. Walter Reynolds, as well as other offences.
RCMP reported an assault with an unspecified weapon at Village Mall Walk-In Clinic Monday, and later upgraded the investigation to a homicide.
One witness told media that she heard cries for help and a man in the clinic had a hammer and a machete.
"It's a shock to the whole of Red Deer, not only to the physicians, but also to the many medical staff that work in our clinics", he said.
Other emergency responders then went in the building with medical bags and brought the doctor out on a stretcher, said Mullin.
Mabiour is expected at Red Deer Provincial Court on Wednesday. "It's scared a lot of people, and a lot of physicians have been thinking how can we be safer".
"His friends, colleagues and community mourns an exceptional human being lost too soon".
Bouch said he has heard from other physicians concerned about aggression from patients, though none of those cases have been almost as extreme as Reynolds' slaying. "He loved to run, be healthy and, most of all, spent time with his family".
Grobmeier said on Tuesday that he could provide no details on whether mental illness or intoxication were factors. He said Mabiour was not previously known to police.
"Our colleague, Dr. Walter Reynolds, was a family physician devoted to his family, his patients and his calling".
The doctor spoke often of his family and cared deeply about his patients, she said.
Police then arrived, said Mullin, ordering the suspect to put down his weapon before a bloodied hammer was thrown out the door, almost striking an officer. A suspect was taken into custody, and charges are anticipated. Gerald Grobmeier, Officer in Charge of the Red Deer RCMP, in the release.
He said one officer was struck with a blunt weapon during the arrest and was treated for minor injuries.
She described the man as wearing a hoodie, over six feet tall and with a disposable face mask pulled down past his chin. He was covered in blood from his head to his waist. The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been brought in to conduct the investigation.