Police tight-lipped after death of man in Halifax’s south end ruled a homicide

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - Police are releasing few details about a man’s death that has been ruled a homicide in the south end.

A man was found dead in an apartment unit in the brown building (5276 or 5278 South Street) late Sunday night.

Halifax Regional Police say officers were called to a South Street residence shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday.

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The body of the 65-year-old man was found inside the residence by another person who lives in the home, said Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking based on the statistics in Halifax of the crime rate,” said South Street resident Jonathan Beaton as he walked by the police tape Monday morning.

The death was originally reported as a suspicious, but an autopsy was conducted Monday and at 5:30 p.m. police announced the case was a homicide.

Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said the medical examiner ruled the death as a murder but could not say how the man died.

“(We’re) not releasing it,” Morris said, but added police were on-scene gathering evidence Monday evening.

The victim’s name is being withheld until his family can be notified.

Morris said investigators with the major crime unit are continuing to investigate, and had interviewed those who live in the apartment on Sunday but no arrests have been made.

On Monday morning, a neighbour said two men lived in the building next door at 5278 or 5276 South (two units in one building) since she had waved to them over the fence in the summer time.

“It’s shocking,” she said, adding she had heard sirens around midnight and police knocking on their door shortly after that but hadn’t heard anything else suspicious from next door.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call police at (902) 490-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Organizations: Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Halifax, South Street

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