The Winnipeg Police Service has disclosed the identity of the young woman killed in St Boniface over the weekend.
Police report Janelle Jirasek (24) of Winnipeg died after suffering, “serious upper body injuries,” sustained during a domestic violence incident at a residence located in the 100 block of Hill Street.
Initial Media Release;
In the first media release Police advised the incident occurred on September 20, 2014 just before 5:00 am, when Patrol Units responded to a residence in the 100 block of Hill Street regarding the report of a female in need of assistance.
On arrival, a WPS Officer, working a one Officer patrol car, spotted a suspect in the area of Caton Street and Hill Street and attempted to make an arrest. Police indicate the suspect brandished a knife and attacked the Officer who sustained non-life threatening injuries during the encounter. During the struggle the Officer was able to disarm the suspect who then attempted to grab his firearm.
The suspect was eventually secured and taken into custody.
WPS spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshyn described the injuries the Officer suffered as, “serious lacerations to his extremities.”
Police subsequently located Jirasek in the lower level suite of the residence. She was transported from the scene in critical condition but later died from her injuries.
Police have not released her cause of death.
Michalyshyn described the incident as, “Very horrific and very tragic.”
Police charged Kyle William Hunter (25) with the following offences due to his alleged involvement:
- 2nd Degree Murder
- Attempt Murder (Police Officer)
- Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer
- Possess Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Fail to Comply with an Undertaking
Hunter was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
Jirasek is the eighteenth (18) reported homicide victim in Winnipeg in 2014.
A total of twelve (12) of the eighteen (18) homicide victims this year died as a result of suffering wounds sustained in edged weapon attacks or stabbings.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 18th Homicide of the year;
2013 – Sept 20
2012 – July 6
2011 – July 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Sept 10
2009 – Aug 11
2008 – July 6
2007 – Sept 1
2006 – Oct 29
2005 – Aug 24
2004 – Aug 12 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)