Man charged with first-degree murder of doctor at Alberta medical clinic

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2020

Cecilia and John Ferris were patients of Dr. Walter Reynolds for 15 years.

Bouch said he has heard concerns from other physicians in the city about aggression from patients, though none of those cases have been as extreme as Reynolds' slaying.

"We still don't know why".

Clinic office manager Debbie York said outside the memorial Reynolds was full of life, caring, amusing and a good boss for more than a decade. "Call 911, ' screaming", she said.

"He liked to scare you, say, 'Boo!' out of nowhere", she said.

Mullins said he had a wife and two young girls at home.

"(An officer) said, 'Put it down or I will shoot, ' and there came flying a hammer covered in blood at the police officer, and just flew onto the cement pad right in front of the walk-in", she said.


Less than a day after releasing photos of the vehicle involved in a in a fatal hit-and-run north of Red Deer on Sunday, RCMP say they have arrested the driver responsible.

Deng Mabiour of Red Deer, Alta., also faces charges of assault with a weapon and assault of a police officer.

He says he and Reynolds worked at different clinics, but were both part of a tight-knit community of doctors in Red Deer who are originally from South Africa. "I can't express my sense of disbelief and great sorrow for his family, his colleagues and the Red Deer community", said Molnar in an email statement. "We still don't know why".

"It's a shock to the whole of Red Deer, not only to the physicians, but also to the many medical staff that work in our clinics", he said in an interview Tuesday.

The RCMP confirmed the suspect and doctor knew each other through the clinic, but did not specify their relationship.

One person is dead after being hit by a vehicle north of Red Deer Sunday afternoon.

"Walter tragically lost his life serving his community as a family doctor", states the gofundme effort. Reynolds took care of all the clinic's shopping and scheduling. He was attacked in his office by a patient.


"I witnessed the tragic death of my colleague and friend", he said. "We all are devastated and heartbroken".

He described Reynolds as a "very dedicated husband, father to two daughters, very dedicated physician ... just an all-around good guy really". "He loved to run, be healthy and, most of all, spent time with his family".

RCMP reported an assault with an unspecified weapon at Village Mall Walk-In Clinic Monday, and later upgraded the investigation to a homicide.

He said one officer was struck with a blunt weapon during the arrest, and was treated for minor injuries.

Grobmeier said he could provide no details on whether mental illness or intoxication were factors.

Outside, the two men held the clinic door shut.

Ohanjanians said he was at the clinic when Reynolds was attacked Monday morning. A suspect was taken into custody, and charges are anticipated. "Because I am sick". A medical face mask was tied to a lamp post among the bouquets. He was covered in blood.


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