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CTV Calgary Staff, CTV Calgary
Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:52AM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:22AM MDT

Five people are dead and the son of a veteran Calgary police officer is facing  five counts of first-degree murder in connection to their deaths at a house party in the city’s northwest.A suspect is accused of stabbing the five victims with a knife he picked up inside the house. Wednesday morning, Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson told CTV News people who were at the party are “traumatized”.

The university is offering a number of counselling options for students.  Exams were supposed to start Thursday, but students will have a chance to write them at a later date. Police were called out to a house party on Butler Crescent in the northwest neighbourhood of Brentwood around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Someone inside the home made the call. Three young men were found stabbed to death inside the house, a young woman was clinging to life, and another young man was found bleeding on the front lawn. The man and woman were rushed to hospital, but they died from their stab wounds. The suspect took off, but a police K9 unit was able to track him down and he was arrested just a few blocks away. Police have charged Matthew de Grood, 22, with five counts of first-degree murder. He is a University of Calgary student and was invited to the party. Chief Hanson says when the suspect arrived he was armed with a weapon, but also grabbed a knife he found inside the house. Hanson says the suspect “targeted the victims one by one, stabbing them several times”. Hanson says that he has spoken with the police officer whose son is the suspect.  Hanson says he is ‘absolutely devastated’ at what happened. “He wanted me to pass on condolences to all the family of the victims.” He added that the scene in Brentwood was horrific. “We’ve never had five people killed like that before. A scene like that has a tremendous impact on the members.” Allan Fay, de Grood’s lawyer, said his client was charged at his bedside by telephone at Rockyview Hospital. Fay said he appeared to understand the serious charges he is now facing. He seemed lucid and appeared capable, said Fay. De Grood was taken from Rockyview to the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychology Centre for assessment. He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court April 22.  Neighbours in the area were surprised to hear about the murders. Doug Jones said he was home on Monday night and noticed a party was wrapping up at the home.

“From 8:30 until about 9:00, and they were just shutting ‘er down and they moved inside. They weren’t even that loud, so I don’t – you know, by 10, 10:30, you could barely even tell they had people over there.” Jones says the home at the centre of the police investigation is a rental and currently houses a number of students. “Never have any problems with them. They’re good people. I don’t know what to say.” Cheryl Roger, another resident in Brentwood, says that she knows university kids live at the home. “I drive past and see them there.” She says it’s very shocking to see violence in the neighbourhood because there is very rarely any trouble.

Roger says she suspects the stabbing was related to a party at the home. “My son was interviewed earlier this morning and said it was ‘Bermuda Shorts Day’ at the university. So I’m sure it was another one of those parties like the one up on Brisebois.  Bunch of kids together and drinking and stuff.”

Counsellors will be on hand at the Wellness Centre at the University of Calgary at MSC 370 and support is also available after hours at or phone 403-210-9355.

Autopsies are expected to be conducted Wednesday for the five victims.


My name is Josh Garvin. I’ve been a student at Urban Tactics Krav Maga for about a year now and I love every minute of it. Besides it being an enjoyable experience training with everyone at Urban Tactics, the exercises we do have provided me with valuable, life-saving skills.

I live in the West End with my partner and run my own poster advertising business called Silverfox Postering.  Besides training in Krav Maga, I practice Xing-yi Quan kung fu, sword fighting, wrestling and parkour and have been training (through Urban Tactics) to use firearms. I plan on taking stunt courses and further developing my skills with using firearms.

I’ve been in some dangerous situations in my life… I‘ve been in several street fights… been mugged twice and ended up chasing away my attackers… been beaten up by a gang of about a dozen people… been attacked by a person with a knife and disarmed that person unscathed… seen and disrupted fights on many occasions, including several group fights… and have thrown numerous people out of bars while working event and bar security. Basically, I’ve been threatened in all sorts of crazy ways and with all sorts of crazy things. All of these incidents are good reasons to train in Krav Maga.

On Sunday, November 17th, there was a stabbing on Granville street. I was there, and this is my account of what happened.

I was on Granville putting up posters when I heard the sounds of something similiar to a smack or a punch, followed by a woman crying out. Looking across the street, I saw a man throw a punch at another man outside of a nightclub. Within seconds, the fight had moved through a sectioned seating area, across the sidewalk and into the street where it went to the ground. As we learn in class at Urban Tactics, the ground is a terrible place to be in a street fight. The guy in the bottom position had a large commando-style knife (similar to what Rambo uses in the movies) and was stabbing the guy holding top position in the buttocks and around the kidneys. While calling the police, I ran across the street to assist. The entire time, I had clear awareness of everything around me, all of my thoughts accounting for my surroundings.

“Do these guys have friends? If so, are those friends also carrying knives? Who is close by? Where is the knife right now? What’s on the ground? Where am I putting my bike? Is my guard up?”

The man in top position managed to pin the assailant’s knife hand. Someone grabbed the knife, and I lost track of it in the fray. More questions: my training was engaged the entire time. The guy who got stabbed ran Southbound on Granville Street. The other man returned to the sectioned patio of the nightclub from which they had previously emerged, seating himself at one of the patio tables. All of this happened in less than a minute. Then, the police arrived.

Two officers arrived on the scene first. One of the witnesses was standing close to the knife and the first officer grabbed the witness, apparently mistaking him for the assailant. Noticing this, I called out to the police,

“That’s not him!”

I then pointed out the attacker, directing the second officer to the seated man who, on sight of the approaching officer, yelled out,

“I have been assaulted!”

At this point, as the officer approached the suspect, I had a concern that he was putting himself in an unsafe position. The officer had his hand on his firearm, but the firearm was still holstered and strapped in when he came to about six feet away from the suspect, while the knife in question had not actually been secured at this time. There is a 21-foot rule which stipulates that if the suspect had still carried a knife, he could have reached the officer before the officer would have had time to draw his own weapon. Furthermore, the suspect, at that time, had his hands concealed on his lap under the table at which he was seated.

Intent on locating the knife, I began repeatedly calling out,

“Where’s the knife?”

Raising his hands, one of the witnesses informed me that the knife was on the ground, kicking it toward me. An officer spotted the knife and the police were able to secure it. (During the fight, the knife had been taken away and held by one of the good samaritans from Saudi Arabia.)

Once the knife was secure, I became aware of the man who had been stabbed in his Southbound retreat down Granville Street, and directed another officer towards him so he could be provided with medical aid.

I then noticed an officer who had his hands down while questioning a witness and I had a concern for his safety. The witness, who appeared to be hostile, had one of his hands behind his back, and it’s possible he could have been reaching for something.

In Krav Maga we learn situational awareness and combat psychology. Combined with rigorous training, these practices condition us to respond safely and effectively to real life combat situations. When the incident with the stabbing occurred, I found myself naturally present and aware: I didn’t let my guard down for a second. I could see the entire situation objectively, allowing me to clearly distinguish and act on actions to keep myself and others out of danger. That experience has made me truly appreciative of everything we are learning and practicing in class. I am constantly encouraging people to come and train with Urban Tactics. Anyone can end up in a life threatening situation and the training we do could make a difference in saving your life, or the life of someone else.

Please remember that this story is my own account of what happened. I encourage anybody who is interested in further exploring the details of this event to do their own research and hear other accounts and points of view. Here’s a link to another article about the event:

Written by: Josh Garvin / Edited by: Borhan J

 Josh Garvin is a Vancouver based musician, writer and artist. He runs his own advertising / poster disturbing business with his girlfriend Kristl.

Josh can be reached by his email:

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