Arrest in 'tragic, senseless' death of Calgary chef during break and enter

CALGARY — Police have arrested a man in the killing of a longtime chef during an attempted break and enter at a cannabis shop next to a cafe he was about to open.

Investigators said at the time that 56-year-old Christophe Herblin had responded to an alarm at the cafe in Calgary on March 14.

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Officers searched and cleared the area, but Herblin remained in a parking lot for three hours waiting for a contractor to arrive to secure the business.

Police said he was attacked by three people who had returned to the scene.

Herblin was injured but managed to walk a short distance to a nearby business for help.

Police said Wednesday that suspect had been arrested, but the man won't be identified until he is formally charged.

"This was a tragic, senseless event, and we continue to look for answers and seek justice for the Herblin family," said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta with the police homicide unit.

He said investigators are hoping to talk to two people, Fritz Chiefmoon and Kiara Leather of Calgary, who are believed to have more information about the case.

Herblin was an executive sous chef at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary. His new business, a French deli and cafe, was to open shortly after he was killed.

His family issued a statement following the death, describing him as a kind, generous and gentle family man who loved animals, motorcycles and food and wine.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2020

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