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RCMP INVESTIGATE CROSS LAKE MURDER

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On March 1, 2014, shortly after 3:00 a.m., Cross Lake RCMP along with local Emergency Services responded to a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, a twenty-six (26) year old male victim of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation was transported to the nursing station where he was pronounced deceased.

A thirty (30) year old male subject of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation was arrested at the scene and has been charged with Manslaughter.

The victim and accused were known to each other.

The RCMP indicates their names will not be released.

RCMP Officers from the Cross Lake Detachment assisted by the Serious Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Section continue to investigate.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

This is the third (3rd) Homicide Investigated by the RCMP in the Province of Manitoba this year.

On February 8, 2014, Cliff Malnyk (52) was murdered on the Bloodvein First Nation.

On February 10, 2014, Timothy Goosehead (31) was also murdered on the Bloodvein First Nation.

The RCMP subsequently charged a seventeen (17) year old youth with street gang associations with two counts of 2nd degree murder in connection with the killings.

FACTOIDS:

Cross Lake is located on the Nelson River system, approximately 825 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It is accessible by air and road. The road to Cross Lake has been connected by the Kissippi Bridge constructed and completed in the fall of 2004.

The people of Cross Lake are Cree and speak their language fluently. Cross Lake is divided into two set communities: Pimicikamak First Nation, with approximately 5,000 reserve residents, and the community (off-reserve) of Cross Lake, with approximately 600 residents.

There are currently 14 regular members stationed in Cross Lake and three full-time support staff workers. Cross Lake has, at present, six police vehicles. We have one inland water transport, two snow machines and two ATVs.

*Source RCMP website

2 Comments

  1. Alex…

    Sorry I didn’t get to your comment sooner.

    Just got back from a two week road trip with my family.

    In answer to your questions;

    I joined the WPS because I wanted to do meaningful work. I come from a long line of blue collar workers and wanted to find work that challenged me to use my brain and not my biceps. I was a high school drop out and ended up getting my GED. It was the best decision I ever made.

    When I joined the WPS I was a new father and wanted to have a stable home for my child. In those days RCMP Officers were subject to constant transfers. That was not a life I wanted. I was never crazy about being stuck on a Northern posting with very little in the way of back up. I give the men and women who take that challenge a lot of credit. It must be a difficult job.

    I appreciate your interest and support.

    Thank you.

  2. I really appreciate the amount of reporting you do of the RCMP’s work in Manitoba. I feel that not enough of Manitobans understand the hard work these officers are doing in such a “Wild West” like environment.

    Now I have a couple of questions for you, regarding your decision to join the WPG police force. What made you want to join the Police? And while we are on the topic of the RCMP, what made you join the WPG police department rather than the RCMP? Was it a hard decision? What were the push/pull factors?

    Thanks and keep up the great work

    -Alex

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