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Woman charged with first-degree murder in city's first homicide of 2024

The woman appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Monday morning.

SASKATOON – Update: A suspicious death in Saskatoon over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, and police have charged Chantal Lee McLaren, 32, with first-degree murder.

Mclaren appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Monday morning and she was remanded in custody. Her next appearance is scheduled for Feb. 7.

Saskatoon police say the identity of the deceased is pending an autopsy, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

This is the city’s first homicide of 2024.

Original story: Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) officers found a deceased person inside a home on Lisgar Avenue early Saturday morning.

A 34-year-old man was shot by a police officer after members of the SPS Tactical Support Unit were helping officers with a search warrant in the 600 block of Lisgar Avenue for an aggravated assault investigation involving firearms. The man was taken to hospital in stable condition. 

After the shooting, officers entered the home and found a deceased person. The death is considered suspicious and unrelated to police actions.

The SPS Major Crime Section is investigating.

Saskatchewan’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is now investigating the officer-involved shooting portion of the incident.

This story by SASKTODAY first published on Feb. 3, 2024, and updated on Feb. 5.


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