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Man Clinging to Life Loses Fight – Suspect’s Charges Upgraded to Murder

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver (Photo JGJ)

A Winnipeg man clinging to life since the first week in January has lost his battle.

On January 7, 2019, at approximately 10:30 a.m., EMS personnel responded to a residence located in the 500 block of Burrows Ave regarding a report of a man who had been shot.

Upon arrival, First Responders located a man in his 30’s who had sustained a serious gunshot wound to the upper body.  The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition where he remained in critical life-threatening condition.

Police officers detained a suspect at the scene.

“I can tell you it was likely criminal related, I don’t know if the complete underlying nature of it was just drugs, but my understanding is there was a criminal connection.”

The suspect was identified as Benny Lance Hansen (34) of Winnipeg who was originally charged with;

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possess of a Firearm
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Discharge Firearm
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 2
  • Possession of a Firearm

Hasen was detained in custody.

The investigation continued by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.

On Friday, January 18, 2019, the WPS issued a press release indicating the victim succumbed to his injuries on January 15, 2019.

He was identified as Dexter Cortavista Dejarisco (31) of Winnipeg.

Dejarisco is the 3rd reported homicide victim this year.

(All three (3) reported homicide cases this year have been solved.)

WPS Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver told members of the press Hansen’s charges have now been raised to 2nd-degree murder.

Carver indicated the victim and the suspect were “known” to police and each to other.

When questioned regarding the motive Carver stated;

“I can tell you it was likely criminal related, I don’t know if the complete underlying nature of it was just drugs, but my understanding is there was a criminal connection.

Hansen was processed regarding the upgraded charges and returned to custody.


Insider Commentary;

In 2018, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of two (2) homicides in the month of January.

The 3rd homicide of the year was not recorded until February 14.

The year ended with a total of 22 homicide cases.

The WPS solved 20 of the 22 cases securing a solvency rate of 90.9%.

Note;

The City of Winnipeg recorded only three firearm-related homicides last year. The fact two firearm-related killings have already been recorded this year should be concerning.

2018 Homicide Statistics

Cause of Death

  • Stabbing – 13
  • Blunt Force – 6
  • Shooting – 3

Victims

  • Male – 16
  • Female – 5
  • Child – 1 (Male – 21 months)
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