Man charged with murder in death of Grande Prairie man, 48

​A 48-year-old man is dead following what Grande Prairie RCMP are describing as an “altercation” in an area east of the city's downtown.

A 31-year-old man is in custody and has been charged with second-degree murder

A 31-year-old man has been charged in the death of a 48-year-old man in what RCMP described as an "altercation" in an area east of the city's downtown Saturday evening. 

In a press release sent Sunday evening, RCMP said the 31-year-old is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Pierre Quesnel of Grande Prairie.

The accused also faces a charge of assault causing bodily harm, theft under $5,000, and two counts of breach of probation order. 

RCMP were called to 100th Avenue and 92nd Street in Grande Prairie at about 5 p.m. Saturday, where they found the 48-year-old with serious injuries, whom police later identified as Quesnel. 

They arrested a second man, 31, at the scene, Grande Prairie RCMP said in a news release Sunday.

Quesnel died later in hospital from his injuries.

The accused remains in police custody until a bail hearing on Mar. 11 at the Grande Prairie Provincial Court.

RCMP were requesting people avoid the area Sunday morning as the investigation continued. Police had cleared the scene by later Sunday evening. The case was taken over the RCMP's northern major crime unit.