A Drumheller man has been charged with aggravated assault after another man was found unconscious in a Nacmine street early Monday morning, and is currently on life support in a Calgary hospital. Drumheller RCMP members were dispatched shortly before 6 a.m. on Monday, May 2 to an unconscious male found laying on a boulevard at the intersection of Red Deer Avenue and Hunter Drive. RCMP say he was subjected to a "very serious physical assault."
This male had severe injuries to his head and was having difficulty breathing. He was transported to the Drumheller hospital in critical condition. He was stabilized, and then immediately transferred by STARS to the Calgary Foothills Hospital.
RCMP believe the victim had been in an argument with a resident who lives nearby.
The victim has been identified by RCMP as Austin Neil McMaster, 55.
Should McMaster succumb to his injuries, Drumheller RCMP say other charges will be pursued. Other aspects of the investigation are ongoing.
McMaster is presently in the Intensive Care Unit, and is listed in critical condition on life support.
Calvin Wade Laughlin, 49, has been charged with aggravated assault and will appear in Drumheller court on May 4 for a show cause hearing.