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WPS HOMICIDE UNIT PUTS KILLER ON ICE

Geoffrey Oliver Reid (Police Handout)
Geoffrey Oliver Reid (Police Handout)

The WPS Homicide Unit has collared the man they believe is responsible for the recent killing of Geoffrey Oliver Reid (27).

On April 12, 2014, shortly after 5:00 pm, members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a shots fired call on Pacific Avenue where they located Reid who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Reid was transported from the scene but subsequently died in hospital.

Results of the autopsy were not released.

Members of the Homicide Unit conducted the investigation which led them to a residence in the 300 block of Alexander Avenue where the shooting is believed to have occurred.  Police indicate the victim attended to the suspect’s residence on Alexander Street for an unknown reason.  A physical altercation occurred in the home during which time the suspect produced a firearm and fired a single shot striking Reid.

Reid managed to flee from the home and was subsequently located by Police in the 400 block of Pacific Avenue.

On April 16, 2014, shortly before 11:00 am investigators arrested the suspect in the downtown area.  Tristan Stewart Bradburn (21) has been charged with 2nd degree murder and Fail to Comply with Probation Order due to his alleged involvement.

Bradburn was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.

On July 10, 2013 Bradburn was sentenced to nine (9) months in jail in connection with two (2) unrelated firearms offences.  He was also placed on probation for eighteen (18) months and received a ten (10) year weapons prohibition.

Police sources indicate he has street gang associations.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

Reid’s murder is the sixth (6th) reported homicide in Winnipeg this year and the third (3rd) killing reported in the month of April.

Five (5) of the six (6) murders recorded this year have been solved resulting in a 83% solvency rate.

On July 21, 2010, Reid was shot by Police in the 500 block of Alexander Ave after he brandished a sawed off shotgun in the aftermath of a heated argument. Reid managed to escape but was captured several days later at a residence in the 600 block of Maryland Street.

At the time of his arrest, Police learned Reid was suffering from an untreated gun shot wound.

In May of 2012, Reid plead guilty to firearms offences and was sentenced to two years less a day in jail.

Had Provincial Court Judge Sandy Chapman granted the Crown’s request to sentence Reid to three (3) years in prison he would have likely been deported to Jamaica, his native Country.

RELATED LINKS:

The Police Insider – “Gunfire Claims Latest Homicide Victim”

Winnipeg Free Press (James Turner) – “Suspect Charged After Pacific Ave Death”

FACTOIDS:

Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 6th Homicide of the year:

2013 – May 17
2012 – Feb 21
2011 – Feb 18 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – May 4
2009 – Jan 31
2008 – Mar 29
2007 – Mar 17
2006 – Mar 4
2005 – Apr 30
2004 – Mar 30 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)

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