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Winnipeg Police Investigate Latest Killing

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Police Guarding Crime Scene (Photo JGJ)

On May 12, 2016, at approximately 6:30 pm, emergency services personnel responded to a report of a man shot in the 600 block of Wellington Ave.

On arrival, an adult male suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body was located in a residence at this location.

The man was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced deceased.

The victim has been identified as George Prieston (29) of Winnipeg.

Police advised a dog belonging to the victim was also shot and killed during the incident.

Witnesses to the incident reported a military-style assault rifle with a high capacity magazine was used in the incident.

Crime Scene Tape - Photo JGJ
Crime Scene – (Photo JGJ)

Patrol Officers responding to the incident located a number of suspects in the area.  Two (2) adult males have been arrested and will face charges of;

  • First Degree Murder
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 2
  • Cruelty to Animals

Police did not identify the accused killers.

Cause of death will be determined pending autopsy.

Prieston is the 11th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.

Last year, the 11th homicide was recorded on May 19th.

Police indicate the investigation is continuing by the WPS Homicide Unit.  Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call 204-986-7983 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Insider Commentary;

Manitoba Warriors Gang Tag (Photo JGJ)
Manitoba Warriors Gang Tag (Photo JGJ)

Police sources indicate the killing may have some form of street gang involvement.

Manitoba Warriors gang tags can be seen on buildings in the vicinity of the murder.

Police have not made comment regarding motive.

Expect the WPS to identify the accused killers once charges are officially laid.

Police sources indicate Detectives are still looking for an additional suspect (s) in the case.

The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but one case so far this year – solvency rate = 90.9%

Homicide Statistics:

Victims:

  • Male – 7
  • Female – 4

Charged:

  • Male – 10
  • Female – 7

Method:

  • Blunt Force – 6
  • Stabbing – 3
  • Shooting – 2

Footnote:

Front page photo depicts homicide victim George Prieston featured in a Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Poster circa September 2012.

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3 Comments

  1. I find the whole shooting as another black mark on the city . I think it was over a week ago a WPS spokesperson claimed gangs were all but under control in the city. And once again do we have the allegedly persons of interest charged ,breaching probation orders . The circle just continues doesn’t it. And let’s think here. The gun used was a gun that was made apparently to kill people . Oh please WPS isn’t any gun in the hands of a criminal meant to kill. And that been said its now reported that the police also want these kind of guns now . Funny how that works.Now as a citizen I’m so fed up with gangs still running roughshot all over the city. I’m sorry but folks who commit these kind of horrible crimes need to be locked up for life . No more sob stories how one was brought up in an unloving home. We need to get tough on gangs and it needs to start now. James ,do you recall in the early 80’s that Winnipeg would have a major gang problem if it wasn’t taken seriously. Well here we are over 25 years later and it looks like nobody was too concerned. I have to wonder with a new police chief and deputy chief to,come in , how they will deal with this issue. I can only hope it works out better then the previous Chiefs.

  2. James G Jewell

    I don’t think charges were officially laid at press time. Expect the names to be released shortly…

  3. Police did not identify the accused killers.

    Seems rare they didn’t. Why might that be?

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