GRAND PRAIRIE, Alta. - Dawson Creek, B.C., police say a spilled beer may have sparked a violent assault that lead to a man’s death and left another with non-life-threatening injuries following a fight at a Hedley concert Tuesday.
Dawson Creek RCMP received the call at around 9:30 p.m. and when they arrived at the Encana Event Centre where the B.C. rock band was playing, security and paramedics were attending to a 28-year-old man who was found unconscious in the men’s bathroom.
The man was transported to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.
“We have information to believe that it’s possible a beer was spilled and that’s why this altercation took place,” said Const. Lesley Smith. “It’s a clear indication of what happens when you are influenced with alcohol and your emotions get out of control.”
Three men were found and arrested later that evening. The suspects remain in custody.
“At this stage we believe the three males had an altercation with the two victims,” said Smith. “The assault continued into the men’s washroom, where one of the victims was found seriously injured. He has since succumbed to his injuries.”
The second victim is co-operating with police.
No weapons were involved in what police say was an assault, not a fight.
“I wouldn’t call it a typical fight," Smith said. "I would call it three males assaulted two other males and it did get out of control.
I understand that the two victims initially tried to walk away from the situation, but were assaulted.”
Two victims were at the concert together, as were the three suspects.
All five are from the Fort St. John, B.C., area and were not previously known to police.