Nova Scotia

Woman's death ruled a homicide

The death of a woman who was found injured Friday night in a Dartmouth apartment has been ruled a homicide, police say.
The death of a woman found injured in an apartment on Primrose Street in Dartmouth has been ruled a homicide. (CBC)

A woman who was found injured Friday night in a Dartmouth apartment and later died in hospital was the victim of homicide, police say.

The finding followed an autopsy conducted Saturday, Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said.

The name of the dead woman was not being released by police as they were still informing her family.

Pat Hickey, who lives in the same building as the victim, remembered her Saturday as a kind person.

"She's a good friend to me. She never did me wrong, she always helped me out," Hickey said. "Any time I needed a cigarette, any time I needed to bum her phone, she never, ever turned me away."

At 8:21 p.m. Friday, police responded to an emergency call about an injured person at an apartment building at 44 Primrose Street.

Witnesses told CBC News that when police officers arrived on the scene, several officers rushed into the building through both the front and back doors.

The superintendent of the apartment block, who declined a taped interview with CBC News, said she believed the woman had been stabbed.

Police were not disclosing the nature of her injuries.

The woman was taken to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre by ambulance, where she died a short time later.

Investigators were urging anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 490-5016 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

There have been 16 shootings in the Halifax Regional Municipality since March, and earlier this month there were five stabbings in a 24-hour period.