A suspicious sudden death in the South Flats has now been deemed a homicide by Medicine Hat Police.
Medicine Hat Police are now investigating the suspicious sudden death in the South Flats as a homicide, making it the city's first of 2017. A deceased man, identified as 64-year-old James Satre, was found in the area of Mill Street and Smelter Avenue early Wednesday (Oct 11) morning. Autopsy results have revealed his injuries were not self-inflicted or related to any medical event. However, Insp. Brent Secondiak says information on the exact cause of death or a possible weapon is not being released at this time. He describes the incident as a “cowardly” attack. “Due to the circumstances, the age of the deceased, the vicinity where it happened,” says Secondiak, “I don't think this was a fight...I think this was simply a cowardly attack.” Secondiak says Satre, who was not known to police, was operating a small local business and had lived in Medicine Hat for several years. He adds they currently don't have any suspects, but investigators continue to conduct interviews and are working to identify a potential motive. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the MHPS Major Crimes Section (403-529-8420) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477). The intersection of Mill Street and Smelter Avenue remains closed as the investigation continues. - Jaelene Skaley
Insp. Brent Secondiak, Support Services Division, Medicine Hat Police Service
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