On June 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm, Police responded to the banks of the Red River in the area of Lombard Ave and Waterfront Drive regarding the discovery of a body.
Police indicate an off-duty WPS member located the deceased near the water’s edge.
The deceased man has been identified as Jason Stinson (49) of Beausejour, Manitoba.
Autopsy results determined Stinson had been shot during the daytime hours of Friday, June 12, 2015.
Police believe Stinson was shot in the area of the banks of the Red River near Steven Juba Park where his body was located.
Investigators report Stinson was the victim of an apparent assault on June 5, 2015, at approximately 7:00 pm while near the banks of the Red River in the 900 block of Kildonan Drive. Police indicate he suffered significant injuries requiring medical attention as a result of the incident.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the Kildonan Drive assault to contact them.
Investigators are also requesting the public’s assistance to determine Stinson’s whereabouts and activities on Friday, June 12, 2015, specifically in the area of Steven Juba Park.
The investigation is continuing by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.
Anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Stinson is the 14th reported homicide victim this year.
On June 25, 2015, members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit arrested and charged Steven Anthony Morrisseau (29) of Winnipeg with 2nd degree murder due to his alleged involvement.
The Police investigation determined that on June 12, 2015, Stinson and Morrisseau were in the area under the train bridge consuming alcohol when they became involved in an argument. During the argument, Morrisseau produced a firearm and shot Stinson in the upper body.
Morrisseau was detained in custody.
To date, the WPS have investigated a total of fourteen (14) homicides solving all but three (3) – securing a solvency rate of approximately 78%.
The manner of death reported in homicides this year range from;
- Stabbings – 5
- Shootings – 3
- Blunt Force – 5
- Assault / Vehicle involvement – 1
The Stinson homicide may prove difficult to solve for a number of reasons.
- Outdoor crime scenes often offer limited forensic evidence to advance a homicide case. The use of a firearm can also limit the amount of forensic available to CSI investigators.
- Firearms can be fired at a distance and as such, can offer little in the was of cross contamination or an exchange of forensic evidence between the victim and the killer.
Investigators will place significant emphasis on the recovery of the firearm or shell casings connected to this case.
On April 20, 2015, Garry Godson (32) of Winnipeg was shot and killed in the area of Highfield Street and Chandos Ave. His killing remains unsolved.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the (14th) homicide of the year;
2014 – July 26
2013 – July 24
2012 – May 1
2011 – May 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – August 7
2009 – June 29
2008 – May 10
2007 – July 15
2006 – Sept 6
2005 – July 1
2004 – June 27 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)