On Jan 5th, at 3:27 a.m., High Level RCMP along with the High Level Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement south of High Level.

A female witness on scene reported two people were unaccounted for and were believed to still be inside the residence. Based on information provided by the witness it was determined the fire was suspicious and a suspect was identified.

Police located and arrested the alleged suspect at a nearby residence and he was taken by air ambulance for medical treatment.

A male, 62, and female, 47, were located deceased in the residence. RCMP Major Crime Unit attended and took carriage of the police investigation.

Dallas Cardinal, 42, of Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement, Alta. has been charged with;

·         Criminal negligence causing death (x2)

·         Criminal negligence causing bodily harm

Initially manslaughter was contemplated however criminal negligence was determined to be the most appropriate charge based on all available evidence.

Cardinal remains in hospital for medical treatment and is scheduled to appear High Level Provincial Court on Jan. 11, 2021.

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