Murder charges pending over death at Kitchener care home

Waterloo Regional Police are recommending a 32-year-old man be charged with second-degree murder and breach of probation after the death of a 56-year-old man at a long-term care home in Kitchener.

Care home says no other residents, staff involved

Police say charges are pending against a 32-year-old Waterloo man who was arrested at the AR Goudie long-term care home on Frederick Street in Kitchener Monday night after a 56-year-old man died following a disturbance. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC News)

A 32-year-old Waterloo man has been arrested after a 56-year-old man died at a long-term care home in Kitchener Monday night, police said.

The force's homicide unit is investigating and Staff Sgt. Mike Haffner told CBC News Tuesday afternoon that police have recommended the man be charged with second-degree murder and breach of probation.

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, police were called to the AR Goudie long-term care home on Frederick Street following a 911 call by staff about an on-going disturbance. A 56-year-old man was dead when officers arrived.

"As a result of the investigation a 32-year-old Waterloo male was arrested on scene who was known to the victim and a visitor to the long term care facility," Haffner said.

"Investigators are still speaking with the person who was arrested and it is anticipated that person will be making a attendance at court for a bail hearing" Tuesday afternoon, he said.

No other residents, staff involved

The AR Goudie care facility, operated by PeopleCare, is divided into three areas, including one secure section specifically designed for residents with varying degrees of dementia, according to the facility's website.

Staff at the Kitchener location would not speak to CBC News and directed all media inquiries to public relations staff in Toronto.

In an emailed statement, the company called the death "an isolated incident that did not involve our staff or other residents."

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim," spokeswoman Karen Gordon wrote.

Police were unable to say where in the facility the man died. A post mortem is expected to be completed Tuesday or Wednesday.