Less than twenty-four (24) hours ago The Police Insider published a story called, “Murder City Takes Hiatus – New Normal or Calm Before the Storm?”
Unfortunately, the question has been answered.
After forty-five (45) days of relative calm on the murder front, the City of Winnipeg is reeling from the sting of two (2) Canada Day killings.
Woman Shot to Death
On July 1, 2014 at approximately 3:00 am, Police and EMS personnel were dispatched to the 100 block of Donald Street regarding the report of a female having been shot.
On arrival, an adult female was found deceased, suffering from an apparent gunshot would to the upper body. The male caller, who remained at the scene, was taken into custody without incident.
Police investigation revealed the man had handled a 9mm handgun, legally registered to him, when the victim grabbed at his arm and the firearm discharged.
The victim was identified as Michelle Stobbe (28) of Winnipeg.
Police charged John Elwood Cameron (35) of Winnipeg with the following offences:
- Causing Death by Criminal Negligence
- Careless Storage of a Firearm, Weapon or Prohibited Device or Ammunition x 2
Cameron was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
On July 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm, EMS personnel were dispatched to the area of Main Street and Broadway Ave regarding the report of a stabbing.
Two (2) adult men were subsequently located suffering from apparent stab wounds. Both were transported to hospital in critical condition where one of the men died.
Police have not identified the victim or provided any information regarding any potential suspect (s).
In a rare twist, the fatal confrontation was observed by Uniform Police Officers working in the area. Unfortunately, high pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic volumes prevented the Officers from being able to intervene or make any arrests.
The unidentified victim is the eleventh (11th) reported homicide victim in the City this year.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit and are asking anyone with information regarding the matter to contact investigators at (204) 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
Deaths caused by criminal negligence are not normally included in WPS Homicide statistics.
By laying a charge of criminal negligence causing death Police are indicating they believe Cameron had no intention to kill Stobbe, otherwise a murder charge would have been laid.
So why not Manslaughter?
The decision not to lay a Manslaughter charge would have been made by a Senior Justice Official after reviewing the evidence and consulting with a Homicide Unit Supervisor.
I suspect all options were thoroughly discussed.
The WPS Public Information Office is yet to confirm if Stobbe’s death will be included in their Homicide statistics.
July 3, 2014
Police are now confirming they intend to include Stobbe’s death in their 2014 Homicide statistics.
As such, Stobbe would be considered to be the 11th Homicide victim of the year.
The unidentified stabbing victim will be considered the 12th Homicide victim of the year.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 11th Homicide of the year:
2013 – June 29
2012 – April 5
2011 – April 29 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 28
2009 – May 25
2008 – April 19
2007 – May 26
2006 – June 17
2005 – June 18
2004 – June 10 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 12th Homicide of the year;
2013 – June 30
2012 – April 12
2011 – May 10 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 31
2009 – June 13
2008 – April 20
2007 – June 16
2006 – Aug 9
2005 – June 26
2004 – June 11 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)