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WPS Working New Case – Homicide on Record Pace?

WPS PIO Cst Rob Carver (Photo JGJ)

The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit is having their stamina tested this year.

On March 16, 2019, at approximately 2:40 a.m., emergency services personnel were dispatched to the 100 block of Salter Street regarding the report of a serious assault.

On arrival, a man in his 30’s was located and rushed to hospital in critical condition.

The man subsequently died from his injuries.

The investigation revealed the victim was assaulted shortly before EMS responders arrived at the scene. It appears the assault most likely occurred in the area of Salter Street and Selkirk Avenue.

“You can’t have these types of calls at the level were having and not think that doesn’t impact on all of our Service and all First Responders, so yeah, its a, its a heavy burden to bear for everyone.”

Investigators believe a number of potential witnesses were in the area and may be able to offer critical information regarding this incident.

Winnipeg Police Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver was questioned by media regarding the torrid pace the City is recording homicide cases this year, with four (4) killings in the first two weeks of March alone, a question arose regarding the impact being felt by Homicide Unit investigators;

“I was talking to homicide investigators this morning and everybody’s looking pretty worn out, and I say that not just because the workload is heavy but I think everyone here can imagine and I’ve had to stand up here and go through a number, um, there is an emotional toll for everyone involved in these.”

Carver continued;

“You can’t have these types of calls at the level were having and not think that doesn’t impact on all of our Service and all First Responders, so yeah, its a, its a heavy burden to bear for everyone.”

Police are asking anyone who may have information that could assist to call investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Insider Commentary;
WPS Homicide Detectives Working Crime Scene (Photo JGJ)

The man killed in this incident represents the 9th reported homicide victim in the City of Winnipeg this year.

(All but two (2) cases have been solved so far this year – solvency rate 78%.)

In 2018, the 9th homicide of the year was reported on June 23 – a full 99 days later than the current year. The year ended with a total of 22 homicides.

In 2017, the 9th homicide of the year was reported on April 10 – a total of 25 days later than the current year. The year ended with a total of 23 homicides.

In 2011, the WPS investigated a record 41 homicide cases.

In 2011, the 9th homicide of the year was recorded on March 24 – a total of 8 days later than the current year.

The torrid homicide pace has media asking the usual questions regarding trends, pace, and concern.

While on the face of it, it would seem that Winnipeg is heading for a potentially record-setting year. I caution people that homicide is essentially an impossible crime to accurately forecast or predict.

Anyone attempting to forecast the ultimate crime is playing a fools game.

The only trend we may be seeing this year is a spike in firearm-related homicide cases.

This year, the WPS has already investigated 5 firearm-related killings.

In 2018, there were only three (3) firearm-related homicide cases.

In 2017. there were a total of seven (7) firearm-related homicide cases.

The Police Insider raised concerns regarding escalating gun crime during the summer that year.


2019 Homicide
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 5
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 1
  • Not Disclosed – 3
Gender of Victims;
  • Male – 8
  • Female – 1
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