BANFF – Police are investigating a homicide after a 26-year-old man was killed early Friday morning in Banff.
Police said the Alberta RCMP major crimes unit is investigating after Banff RCMP responded to an altercation at a Banff Avenue bar at about 2:30 a.m. Friday (Aug. 5).
The Outlook confirmed the bar was the Dancing Sasquatch, which as of Friday afternoon continues to have police on scene and the bar and outdoor patio roped off with yellow police tape.
Attempts to reach the Dancing Sasquatch have been unsuccessful and the Outlook will update the story if we hear back.
The man, a Banff resident, was transported to hospital but was declared dead.
In a statement, the Town of Banff said they were coordinating support services and encouraged people in need to use walk-in mental health support services at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital between 2 and 9 p.m. The emergency room at the hospital is also available after 9 p.m.
Council chambers at Town hall will also be open for support session between 4 and 7 p.m.
“As Banffites, we always rally to take care of each other in difficult times so I know we will come together to offer our support and comfort to his family and friends,” said Banff Mayor Corrie DiManno in a media release. “It’s crucially important that residents know there are support services, counselling and people available to talk to as they begin to process and grieve this tragedy.”
People can also contact Bow Valley Victim Services at 403-760-0197 and 2-1-1 can also connect people to mental health or counselling support.
A 22-year-old Banff man was taken into custody.
The Banff RCMP and RCMP forensic identification unit are assisting the Alberta RCMP major crimes unit in the investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Banff RCMP at 403-762-2226.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or online at https://crimestoppers.ab.ca.