Brandon police are investigating a death they have deemed "suspicious" at a city apartment complex.
Officers responded to a 911 call Thursday at 7:49 p.m., which indicated a man residing at Victoria Woods Estates in Brandon’s west end was possibly deceased.
After arriving at the apartment unit at 3610 Centennial Blvd., police learned the ex-wife of the 51-year-old man visited his residence to check on him when she discovered that he died.
Damage in the apartment is consistent with a struggle, police ruled. The man had bruising to his face and body.
He was removed from his home and taken to Winnipeg, where an autopsy will be conducted.
By late Friday morning, the only sign of police activity was strands of caution tape strung across the first-floor entranceway of the two-storey complex. Victoria Woods Estates includes several buildings with a number of apartment units in each.
A neighbour, who did not want her name used, said loud noises were emanating from an apartment inside her building, on the property’s east end, during a two-day span last week. She believes it likely came from the man’s unit, and may be related to his death.
"To us, it was like somebody was obnoxiously dropping something … it shook the whole building."
The tenant didn’t think anything of the noises at the time, which happened throughout the day, including the early morning and afternoon, because she often overhears her neighbours. She did not hear people talking or shouting during the loud commotion, however.
"We just thought it was extremely loud and someone was being rude."
The woman, who never saw the previous tenant, thought an elderly woman was still residing in the apartment.
Another neighbour did not know any details about the man, saying he recently moved in.
Police remained on scene past midnight, according to another resident.
The Brandon Sun was eventually told to leave the premises Friday morning by the management company operating the apartment buildings.
Brandon police did not answer questions beyond preliminary details stated in the media release. Police did not reveal the man’s identity, when he died or when he was last seen.
The matter remains under police investigation.
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