RCMP Major Crimes Unit South lay charges in homicide

Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a call of a person in distress on the Sunchild First Nation

The RCMP has laid charges against a female following an assault with a weapon that left a 25-year-old woman deceased and a 24-year-old male injured.

At 2:36 a.m. on Dec. 12th, Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a call of a person in distress on the Sunchild First Nation. RCMP arrived with EMS and a female victim was declared deceased.

The suspect was arrested at a different location, without incident.

The RCMP determined that the victims and the accused were known to each other. This was an isolated incident with no risk to public safety.

Major Crimes Unit South with the assistance of Red Deer Forensic Identification Section, the Interview Assistance Team and Rocky Mountain House Detachment are all collaborating on this investigation.

An autopsy was held this morning at the Edmonton office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the manner of death has been determined to be homicide.

Chelsey Lagrelle, 23, of Sunchild First Nation has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Samantha Sharpe, as well as assault with a weapon. She remains in custody and is scheduled to next appear in court on Dec. 19th at the Provincial Court in Rocky Mountain House.

While the investigation continues, the RCMP can confirm that they are not seeking any other suspects in relation to this tragic incident.

-Submitted by Rocky Mountain House RCMP

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