A man is facing homicide charges after a violent assault that led to the death of a woman in Lethbridge on Saturday, police said in a release.

"At approximately 3:30 p.m., an officer on patrol observed and intervened in an assault in progress along the 400 block of 6 Avenue South," Lethbridge police said.

"EMS were immediately called and the male suspect was arrested. A 48-year-old woman was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died a short time later."

Not random

Police said the victim and suspect, a 52-year-old man, are known to each other and the assault was not a random incident.

Names are not being released at this time.

Anyone who has information on the incident is asked to call Lethbridge police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.