Former RCMP member and Foothills Municipal District community peace officer Rod Lazenby was [allegedly] murdered by Trevor Kloschinsky, 46, in the town of Priddis, Alberta, on Friday, August 10, 2012. Priddis is a 15-minute drive southwest of Calgary.
It’s horrifying to learn that a man like Rod Lazenby can survive his entire 35 year RCMP career unscathed, only to be murdered over something as stupid as a bylaw ticket.
It just seems so senseless.
“As far as we know this was around a dog complaint, and now this has occurred so it’s an emotional time for everyone in the police community,” said RCMP Insp. Garrett Woolsey of the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit.
Actually, it’s an emotional time for the entire community, police included, Inspector Woolsey. I’m just saying…
Sun News is reporting the following:
Sun sources said Lazenby was “ambushed by the suspect, handcuffed and severely beaten.”
“He was lying in wait,” sources also said.
The suspect then threw Lazenby in back of a bylaw SUV and drove him to the district office in Calgary.
When he arrived, the suspect entered the police station to make a report that someone was trying to steal his dogs.
He was told by CPS that it was an RCMP matter.
“Then, he took officers outside to show them who was trying to steal his dogs,” said a Sun source.
Law Enforcement Today says the following on their website:
The incident occurred at the Tangled Spur Ranch near Priddis. This encounter was the culmination of a three-year ongoing investigation regarding an eviction and the illegal housing of over 30 dogs at the ranch. Authorities issued repetitive violation notices to Kloschinsky. As a result of the altercation, Officer Lazenby sustained critical injuries.
Trevor Kloschinsky has been charged with first degree murder.
Rod Lazenby is survived by his wife Lolita Lazenby and their five children. All are grieving the loss of husband and father in such a senseless way.
Now, instead of plotting their next adventure, Lolita faces the prospects of planning a funeral. Although emotional, she refrained from speaking about her husband’s accused killer.
“Something will happen, I just leave it up to God,” she said. “I am nobody to judge anyone in the world.”
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday and then Rod Lazenby’s body will be released to allow for proper burial arrangements. Lolita said the past three days have felt like an eternity.
“I want to see my husband so badly,” she said. “He was my life.”
As in every case where a law enforcement person is murdered in the line of duty, my heart and prayers go out to the family of Rod Lazenby at this time of terrible grief and loss.