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Canada-wide warrant issued for suspect wanted in Edmonton homicide

For Immediate Release: 14-Sep-2023 @ 10:25 AM
MRU #: H23R022-2

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of a male suspect sought in relation to a homicide that occurred in June.

On Monday, June 12, 2023, at approximately 6:30 p.m., police responded to reports of an injured male in an alley in the area of Allard Boulevard SW and Arthurs Crescent SW. Upon arrival a deceased 21-year-old male was located.

An autopsy completed by the Edmonton Medical Examiner on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, determined that Osama Ali, 21, died of gunshot wounds. The manner of death was deemed homicide.

On Sept. 12, 2023, Homicide detectives requested a Canada-wide warrant for 22-year-old Joseph Chlala for second degree murder in relation to the murder of Mr. Ali.

“We are releasing images of Chlala in an attempt to locate him in relation to the murder of Mr. Osama Ali,” says Homicide Acting Staff Sergeant Jared Buhler.

“While he could be anywhere, we understand he has connections in Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa so we’re asking citizens to keep a mindful eye out for him. We believe Chlala has access to weapons, so citizens are reminded not to approach him if seen, but to contact police immediately.”

Chlala is described as being 5’5” with a heavy build, with brown hair and green eyes.

Homicide investigators believe Chlala and Ali were known to one another.


Suspect wanted on Canada-wide warrant for murder: Joseph Chlala


Homicide suspect Joseph Chlala


Homicide suspect Joseph Chlala


CCTV footage of Joseph Chlala at the Rutherford Retirement Home (120 Street and 22 Avenue)

Anyone who has information about Joseph Chlala’s whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250


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