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Police tape surrounds a bloody area inside Centre 2507, an overflow homeless shelter, Thursday. ((CBC))

A Calgary man has been charged with manslaughter after a 45-year-old man died at an overflow homeless shelter.

Jeffrey Allen Marple, 45, died after an altercation at Centre 2507, a men's emergency shelter near Kensington Road and Memorial Avenue N.W. early Thursday morning.

Calgary police said Friday they charged Robin Richard Bottyan, 34, of Calgary with manslaughter in connection with the incident.

"There was sufficient evidence to show that it was a culpable homicide, not accidental, and that there was sufficient evidence to support the charge and that he face a court regarding the incident," said Staff Sgt. Kevin Forsen.

Shelter staff said two men got into an altercation and one fell and hit his head on the concrete.

Police who responded just after midnight on Thursday morning found Marple suffering from head injuries. He died in hospital three hours later.

Investigators laid the charge after speaking to several witnesses.

"The other residents or clients of the facility were devastated by this. They were extremely distraught," said Forsen. "They were very, very forthright and provided us with a lot of information and also the staff of the facility has been very, very co-operative."

The Calgary Drop-In Centre, which runs Centre 2507, said this is the first major incident at the facility since it opened more than seven years ago.