After a period of relative calm, members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit suddenly find themselves working a case of bloodletting that very nearly morphed into a double murder investigation.
On December 13, 2017, at approximately 2:35 a.m., EMS personnel responded to the 100 block of Charles Walk regarding the report of an injured person at this location.
Upon arrival, patrol officers located not one, but two men suffering from serious injuries. One of the men was unconscious and not breathing.
Police performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
Both men were transported to hospital in critical condition.
One of the men was pronounced deceased a short time later.
Police indicate the other man suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.
The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477)
Police have yet to release information regarding cause of death or motive in this recent killing.
The man killed in this incident is the 23rd reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
The last reported homicide in the City occurred on November 8th, 2017…some thirty-five days ago.
In 2016, the 23rd reported homicide was recorded on December 20th.
The year ended with a total of 26 murders.
Police solved all but one case securing a solvency rate of 96%.
This year, police have solved all but 2 of the 23 homicides – solvency rate equals 91.30%.
Don’t be surprised if the news media reports this death as Homicide #24 of 2017.
The WPS has included the murder of Christine Wood, who was killed in 2016, in this years homicide stats.
Wood’s murder was solved in April 2017.
As a former Homicide Unit supervisor, I find the logic behind the inclusion of Wood’s case in the 2017 stats perplexing.
The Police Insider has raised the issue with the WPS who largely agree the inclusion of Wood’s case in the 2017 stats misrepresents and artificially inflates the true number of homicide cases that have occurred in the City this year.
It is not clear if the record will be corrected at some point in the future.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Police issue a media release indicating both victims in this case sustained multiple stab wounds.
The deceased victim was identified as Jordan Thomas (18) of Winnipeg.
The second victim, who is believed to be the deceased person’s brother, remains in hospital in critical condition.
Police have charged a 17-year-old male and two 14-year-old females with 2nd degree murder in connection with the investigation.
All three youths were detained in custody.
The investigation is continuing by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.
2017 Homicide Stats
Manner of Death
- Stabbing – 11
- Shooting – 7
- Blunt Force Trauma – 3
- Not Released – 2
- Male – 19
- Female – 4