It happens every now and then.
Police investigate a serious assault that morphs into something more serious.
That’s precisely what happened in the case of Winnipeg’s latest homicide victim.
On March 10, 2017, at approximately 2:20 p.m., WPS officers responded to a report of an assault that occurred in the 100 block of Isabel Street.
On arrival, responding officers located a man in critical condition suffering from an upper body injury. The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition.
On March 11, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., members of the Major Crimes Unit and Tactical Support Team arrested a suspect in the Norwood area of Winnipeg.
Police identified the suspect as Nathan Grant Jones (24) of Winnipeg.
Jones was charged with aggravated assault and detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
On March 12, 2017, the victim, Christopher Paul Fraser (36) of Winnipeg, died as a result of injuries sustained of the assault.
Police indicate Fraser & Jones were socializing with friends when they became involved in a verbal altercation. At some point, a weapon was produced and the victim was stabbed in the upper body resulting in a fatal injury.
On March 14, 2017, Jones was re-arrested and charged with manslaughter.
He was subsequently returned to custody.
Fraser is the 7th reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.
To date, 2 of the 7 killings remain unsolved – solvency rate = 71%.
In 2016, the 7th homicide was recorded on March 8th.
The year ended with 25 homicides.
All but 3 cases remain unsolved – solvency rate = 88%.
(In one case, two victims were killed – should this case be solved the solvency rate would jump to 96%.)
2017 Homicides – Manner of Death
- Shooting – 3
- Stabbing – 2
- Blunt Force Trauma – 1
- Not Released – 1
- Male – 6
- Female – 1
Why is the Major Crimes Unit investigating a homicide case?
In cases where death is not imminent, a decision must be made, usually in consultation with a Homicide Unit Supervisor, if the Homicide Unit will investigate.
The decision to investigate is generally based on the strength of evidence that suggests a victim is likely to succumb to their injuries. This information is generally provided by medical professionals and front line police officers.
In some circumstances, the Homicide Unit may be unavailable or tied up on other cases. In these instances, the Major Crime Unit will be assigned to investigate murder cases.
The Major Crimes Unit employs many seasoned, experienced and capable investigators.
Detectives with Major Crime experience often top candidate lists for potential assignment to the Homicide Unit during the annual spring transfer process.