Updated – 10:00 am: Police have confirmed the death of an 18-year-old man at a Weston Creek skatepark overnight was the result of a violent stabbing.
The man’s body was found at about 1:00 am on Sunday morning (27 September) after police responded to reports of a stabbing at the skate park at Dillon Close, Weston.
A 16-year-old boy has undergone emergency surgery in the Canberra Hospital for serious stab wounds, after being treated at the scene by ACT Ambulance Service paramedics.
Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Steel, of ACT Policing, said the 18-year-old man died at the scene. A crime scene has been established and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is underway.
“At 1:00 am this morning, ACT Policing responded to reports of a stabbing adjacent to the Weston skatepark,” Det A/Supt Steel said this morning.
“Upon arrival, police discovered two males. ACT Ambulance attended and treated both males and unfortunately, an 18-year-old male has died as a result of his injuries.”
Police are also investigating whether a group of people may have been at the skatepark and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
“We’re treating this incident as a suspicious death and our homicide team AFP forensics is currently investigating.
“We did receive a triple zero call from a member of the public, so we’re appealing for more people to come forward and assist with our enquiries.
“We’re still investigating as to how many people were involved in this incident. There could have been others involved and that’s why we’re appealing for any information,” Det A/Supt Steel said.
The area has been cordoned off while forensics and specialist teams begin their investigations. Police will also review CCTV vision from businesses and locations in the surrounding area.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that could assist the police investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference P2001072. Information can be provided anonymously.