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Legislature adjourns after body found on steps; police say 'non-criminal'

Last Updated Dec 3, 2019 at 6:22 am MDT

EDMONTON – The Alberta legislature has adjourned after a weapons complaint related to a body on the front steps of the building.

Edmonton police say they were called to the building mid-afternoon and that what happened was “non-criminal.”

The investigation has been handed over to the Alberta sheriffs, who have jurisdiction over the legislature grounds.

Authorities blocked the entrances to the public square in front of the legislature while they investigated the body, which they covered with a pink tarp.

Members of the legislature were debating a bill in the chamber when the Speaker interrupted so that they could be privately briefed on an “issue that is important to the assembly.”

They have adjourned until later this evening.

Premier Jason Kenney took to Twitter to say he is saddened by the “tragic event that occurred outside the Legislature this afternoon” and that his heart go out to the victim’s family and loved ones.

-The Canadian Press