AMHERST - The death of a man in the wee hours of Sunday is suspicious, police say.
Another man, aged 34, is in custody following the discovery at about 1:30 a.m.
“Our officers responded to a call to a Queen Street residence regarding a medical emergency,” Amherst Police deputy chief Ian Naylor told reporters during a hastily called meeting early Sunday afternoon. “When we arrived at the scene we found a 47-year-old male in the residence. He was deceased.
“There has been an ongoing investigation. One adult male is in custody – a suspect. The investigation is proceeding.”
Naylor was reluctant to say more about the investigation until he heard from the investigators, led by Sgt. Dave Lepper of the force’s major crime unit.
As of Sunday afternoon, the man in custody had not been formally charged.
The deputy said at this point police are not calling the case a murder, only a suspicious death.
An autopsy was being performed Sunday afternoon in Halifax.
Over on normally quiet Queen Street, curious onlookers paraded by as investigators moved between police cruisers and a forensics unit and the white, two-storey apartment building surrounded by yellow police tape on the south side of the street near where it connects with Albion Street.
A next door neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said prior to emergency vehicles arriving there was nothing out of the ordinary.
“I was out with the dog about 40 minutes before it happened and it was quiet,” she said.
The neighour said the deceased was found on the lower floor by other residents of the four-unit building.