Members of the WPS Homicide Unit made short work of the gang related Opera Night Club murder investigation.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2014, the WPS held a press conference announcing the arrest of two (2) suspects in the investigation.
On May 7, 2014, at approximately 6:00 pm, a sixteen (16) year old male youth suspect from Winnipeg was taken into custody in the area of Simcoe Street and Notre Dame Avenue. The suspect was subsequently charged with;
- Possess Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
The youth was detained at the Manitoba Youth Center. His arrest was not made public to protect the integrity of the ongoing murder investigation.
A Canada Wide Warrant for Arrest was subsequently obtained for an adult male suspect identified as Marcus James Richard (21) years of Winnipeg alleging the following charges;
- 1st Degree Murder
- Attempt Murder x 2
- Aggravated Assault
On May 8, 2014, at approximately 7:00 am, (EST) members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service arrested Richard after removing him from an east bound Via Rail train in the area of Capreol, Ontario. Richard was taken into custody on the strength of the arrest warrant and will be returned to Winnipeg to answer to the charges. Police suspect Richard intended to seek refuge in the Toronto area.
Police believe the young offender brought the firearm to the scene and provided it to Richard who used it to shoot and kill Paclipan. (Investigators don’t believe the firearm ever made its way into the Night Club.)
Police confirmed Richard, the sixteen (16) year old youth and Paclipan have connections to rival street gangs that were represented at the Opera Night Club on the night in question. Police believe tension between the gangs had increased as a result of a dispute that preceded the shooting.
The WPS expressed appreciation to the Greater Sudbury Police Service and Via Rail for their assistance in bringing Richard into custody.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing.
Paclipan is the ninth (9th) reported murder victim in Winnipeg this year.
Police have solved seven (7) of the reported killings.
The WPS Homicide Unit solvency rate stands at 77%.
911 Communications Center Investigation
The WPS is now conducting an internal investigation into the 911 Communications Center handling of a 911 call placed by staff working at the Opera Night Club on the night in question.
On May 6, 2014, Police Chief Devon Clunis held a press conference during which time he released the following time line in connection to the homicide investigation;
- 1:39:36 – staff at Opera Night Club call 911 reporting a fight call
- 1:42:30 – a call for service was generated and entered
- 1:59:45 – the call for service was cancelled from within the 911 Communications Center
- 2:03:13 – the 911 Communications Center received another call from the Night Club indicating a firearm had been discharged. Numerous emergency services personnel were dispatched and responded
- 2:06:04 – the first Police Unit arrives on scene
Clunis advised he ordered the internal investigation to examine the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the first call for service.
That investigation will include a close examination of all relevant factors connected to the call for service and the tragic events that followed which may include, but are not be limited to;
- Who cancelled the call
- Why the call was cancelled
- The ramifications of the cancellation
- Police call volumes
- Police unit availability
- Major Incidents & Events impacting service capability
- 911 protocols and practises
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 9th Homicide of the year:
2013 – June 25
2012 – Mar 31
2011 – Mar 24 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 4
2009 – May 23
2008 – Mar 29
2007 – Apr 19
2006 – June 2
2005 – June 6
2004 – May 8 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)