On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release announcing the arrest of a suspect in a recent North End murder.
On Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 6:15 p.m., EMS personnel responded to the report of a “male down” in the front yard of a residence in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue.
The man was transported to hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.
The victim was identified as William George Sumner (27).
At the time of the original press release, police did not release information regarding cause of death, motive or suspect (s).
That all changed today.
Police now indicate the victim had been in a residence in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue when he became embroiled in a dispute with a man and his “associates.” The man subsequently produced a handgun and fired a number of shots at Sumner causing fatal injuries.
The suspect then fled the scene.
On June 20, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the suspect was involved in a minor traffic incident in the Logan Avenue and Keewatin Street area. During the incident the suspect pointed a handgun at a motorist.
On June 22, 2017, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a patrolling police supervisor observed the suspect’s vehicle in traffic in the Logan Avenue and Keewatin Street area.
Police followed the suspect vehicle to the 1800 block of Logan Avenue where it parked at the rear of a residence. Patrol Units, along with the Tactical Support Team and ARV1 attended and secured the area.
The suspect subsequently exited the residence and was arrested without incident.
He was identified as Cameron Bounthieng Kinnavanthong (32) years of age.
Kinnavanthong has been charged with 2nd degree murder and a number of firearm related offences.
He was detained in custody.
Police executed a search warrant at the Logan Avenue address and seized a handgun and an automatic assault rifle.
Police sources indicate the killing was drug and gang related.
Sumner is the 12th reported victim of homicide this year.
The WPS has solved all reported homicides to date.
(That number currently stands at 13 reported killings.)
Kinnavanthong is “known” to the WPS.
On December 4, 2008, the WPS issued a press release announcing arrests in a joint WPS / RCMP initiative called Project H23.
The project involved a lengthy investigation into fraudulent use of credit cards, thefts of motor vehicles and trafficking of firearms and ammunition.
The Calgary Police Service assisted with the investigation.
Kinnavanthong was one of twenty suspects taken down in the investigation.
He was charged with weapons, firearms, drug, robbery, fraud, flight and a number of other offences due to his alleged involvement.
(Court records indicate all 27 charges against Kinnavanthong were stayed by the Crown.)
The reason for the stay of proceedings is not clear.