Police treat death of man in Watson last night as suspicious

Charlotte 4 November 2016

Police investigate a suspicious death in Watson. Photo: Charlotte Harper

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations and AFP Forensic Services teams are investigating the suspicious death last night of a man in Windeyer Street, Watson.

Police were notified of a disturbance and an injured man at an apartment complex opposite the Watson shops at about 7.45pm last night.

A seriously injured man was found inside a unit on Windeyer Street. Police and ACT Ambulance Services applied first aid to the man but he died at the scene.

ACT Policing Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said there was no cause for residents to be concerned for their safety as police believed this to be an isolated incident.

He said one of several lines of inquiry detectives were investigating was that the man’s death may be related to domestic violence.

“At this stage that’ll be part of our investigation,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

See our live video report from the scene as investigations continued late last night:

Acting Superintendent Anderson said no one had been taken into custody, but there was no need for citizens to fear for their safety in relation to the incident.

“The residents of Watson shouldn’t be concerned,” he said.

“Canberra is one of the safest cities in Australia to live in, and we believe this is an isolated incident and people shouldn’t be concerned about their safety.”

Police were investigating whether there was any link between the suspicious death and the bashing of a man at the same apartment complex last month.

“We’ll look at that incident in totality as well as a number of other avenues of inquiry,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

The scene of the police investigation. Photo: Google Maps

Police have not yet issued the name or age of the man.

There were more than half a dozen police vehicles at the scene when the RiotACT arrived late last night, including marked and unmarked cars, a large police van and a white utility containing equipment for use by the team from AFP Forensic Services as they examined the scene.

Police investigate a suspicious death in Watson. Photo: Charlotte Harper

Several police officers travelled on foot using torches to light their way along a path running between the two apartment blocks at 38-42 Windeyer Street as ACT Policing Criminal Investigations detectives continued looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident last night. They were positioned directly opposite the entrance to the Watson shops, and had cordoned off the area.

Police are treating the death as suspicious. Investigations continue.

They are urging anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious near Windeyer Street, Watson last night to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

Police remind readers they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

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