Calgary

Arrest made, more expected in killing of Calgary chef

An arrest has been made and police say more are expected in the March killing of a Calgary chef, weeks before he could realize his dream of opening his own shop.

Christophe Herblin, 56, was killed after he responded to an alarm around 3 a.m. on March 14

Calgary chef Christophe Herblin was killed by three people who police believe were trying to break into a cannabis shop through Herblin's deli. One man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. (Herblin family)

An arrest has been made and police say more are expected in the March killing of a Calgary chef, weeks before he could realize his dream of opening his own restaurant.

Christophe Herblin, 56, was killed after he responded to an alarm around 3 a.m. on March 14 outside Croque Saveurs, a French market and deli he was due to open the following month on Bow Trail S.W. at 37th Street.

Herblin worked as executive chef at Calgary's Glencoe Club for the past 12 years. 

Police said the man who was arrested Wednesday won't be named unless and until he was formally charged. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being questioned at police headquarters.

Police said they expect to make additional arrests and lay more charges. 

Police looking for 2 people

Police believe Herblin was attacked by thieves who were trying to break into a cannabis store through his soon-to-be-opened deli.

"This was a tragic, senseless event, and we continue to look for answers and seek justice for the Herblin family," said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta with CPS homicide unit.

Police are still asking the public for any information connected to the case. 

Investigators are also hoping to track down Fritz Chiefmoon, 27, and Kiara Leather, 19, who are believed to have information connected to the killing.

Herblin had responded to a break-and-enter alarm at his business around 3 a.m. Police cleared the scene and searched the business before leaving.

Herblin died trying to get help

While he waited for his business to be secured after the break-in, Herblin remained in the parking lot until about 6 a.m.

Police say that's when at least three offenders returned and attacked the victim. 

Herblin managed to get to a nearby gas station but died at the scene before he could be taken to hospital.

There were at least two break-ins at the same Spiritleaf cannabis store and investigators are looking into potential connections.

Herblin left behind a wife and daughter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary crime reporter

Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach her at meghan.grant@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @CBCMeg.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now