RCMP investigate homicide in Ahousaht

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A 45-year old Ahousaht man is dead and another man is facing charges after an altercation last weekend.

Ahousaht RCMP responded to reports of a seriously injured man at a residence in the Flores Island community at 12 a.m. on Sunday, May 15.

There, they found a 45-year-old male with serious injuries that were the result of an assault.

The victim was transported to Tofino General Hospital then airlifted to Victoria General Hospital.

But the victim died at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The man was originally from the community and lived there intermittently, RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan said.

Officers with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit were called in and have taken the lead in the investigation.

Police subsequently arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the assault.

He was remanded into custody and charges are pending after police conclude their investigation.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in Port Alberni Provincial Court on Wednesday, May 18.

The major crimes unit and Port Alberni RCMP Forensic Identification Section are still investigating the incident in Ahousaht.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service has also commenced an investigation.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for later this week, Lagan said.

The identity of the victim is being withheld at the request of his family.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com