Man charged with second-degree murder after Cambridge stabbing
Published Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:04PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:20PM EDT
KITCHENER -- A man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to a homicide investigation in Cambridge.
Officers were called to a home on Linden Drive on Wednesday night.
In a media release, police said they originally responded to the scene for a weapons call. By the time they arrived, they found a 26-year-old man who was suffering from stab wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 28-year-old man from Kitchener was arrested, and has since been charged with second-degree murder.
CTV News Kitchener has learned that the accused is named Sandeep Jassal. He appeared via an audio court call on Thursday afternoon.
Investigators said they believed the suspect and victim were known to each other, and that there was no risk to public safety. Police are not looking for any other suspects.
There's expected to be an increased police presence in the area while officers investigate.
Lucas Specyal lives in the area and came out to see what was happening.
"In the doorway, you could see the paramedics," he said. "It looked like they were doing chest compressions on the guy. The stretcher was on the sidewalk, so I assumed the worst."
Specyal said there was another man in the police cruiser.
"He appeared to have a bandage on a hand, a bloodied hand, and was kind of yelling and crying," he said.
Specyal said there were other people inside the house at the time of the incident and the victim's body was blocking the doorway.
"They had to take people out of the house through the balcony," he said. "A fire truck came and extended its ladder and the people climbed on the ladder to get out of the house."
Investigators were canvassing the neighbourhood to find out more about the stabbing.
Jassal's next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.
Police said Thursday that this is the sixth homicide of the year in Waterloo Region. The fifth happened just last week in the area of Queen Street West and Winston Boulevard, also in Cambridge.
In that case, 22-year-old Kayla Duff was found dead after police were called to a medical emergency.
A woman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Neighbours identified the woman as Duff's mother, though police have not confirmed that.
Court documents showed that Melissa Duff-Shore is accused of committing second-degree murder between the dates of Sept. 10 and 11.