On February 15, 2015, shortly before 8:30 pm, emergency personnel were dispatched to the 300 block of Inkster Blvd regarding the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, a man suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body was located and transported to hospital in critical condition where subsequently died from his injuries.
The victim was identified as Ralph Edward Boehnlein (54) years of Winnipeg.
Members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit continued with the investigation and learned the shooting occurred within a residence following an argument.
A suspect was arrested a short time later in the 400 block of Aikins Street.
Police report Matthew Lee Valentine (24) years of Winnipeg has been charged with;
- 2nd Degree Murder
- Identity Fraud – Intent to Gain Advantage
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Recognizance
Valentine was detained in custody.
Winnipeg Police spokesman Constable Eric Hofley indicated, “Nobody deserves to have their life end this way.” Hofley indicated the killing was not random and suggested that involvement in “drugs” may have played a role in the killing.
Morris is the third (3rd) reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
All three cases have been solved.
Break & Enter Artist
In December of 2013 Police issued a press release reporting the arrest of several offenders for a number of residential break and enter offences.
During the investigation District 3 Crime Unit Detectives executed a search warrant and seized a number of items that included various weapons, ammunition and a firearm.
Matthew Valentine (23), Heather Muckle (21) and Benjamin Cooper (35) were charged in the investigation and detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
The disposition of the charges is not known.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the third (3rd) Homicide of the year;
2014 – Feb 8
2013 – April 2
2012 – Jan 25
2011 – Jan 28 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – April 15
2009 – Jan 21
2008 – Jan 11
2007 – Feb 28
2006 – Jan 14
2005 – March 5
2004 – Feb 2 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)