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2018 Homicide Number Matched – 207 Days Left in Year

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver

The Winnipeg Police Service is in the midst of investigating their 22nd homicide of the year, a number that equals all reported homicides for 2018.

With 207 days to go before the year ends, there really is no telling what kind of homicide numbers we may reach.

The record of 41 homicides recorded in 2011 is certainly within reach.

In 2011, the 22nd homicide of the year was recorded on July 16th.

On Saturday, June 8th, 2019 the Winnipeg Police Service released information regarding the latest killing.

On June 7, 2019 at approximately 8:45 a.m., WPS officers responded to a report of a fight involving several men at the intersection of Sherbrook Street and Sara Avenue.

Upon arrival, police found a man suffering from a stab wound to his upper body.

Officers administered 1st aid and ensured the victim was rushed to hospital.

Unfortunately, the man, reported to be in his 50’s, died from his injuries.

Police indicate a 34 year old man has been arrested and remains in custody.

Charges are yet to be laid.

Police investigators are looking to speak to the driver of a white SUV that stopped in the area to offer assistance to the victim. The driver, or anyone with additional information is asked to contact police at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Update:

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The WPS issue a press release identifying the victim as Robert Christian Donaldson (51) of Winnipeg.

Police identified the alleged killer as Rodney Byron Williams (31) of Winnipeg.

Williams has been charged with;

  • 2nd degree murder
  • assault with a weapon x 2

He was detained in custody.

Police indicated the witness in the previously noted white SUV has been identified.

Police continue to seek witness to the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Insider Commentary

In 2018, the 22nd homicide of the year was recorded on the 25th day of December.

The year ended with a total of 22 reported homicide cases.

In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.

In 2011, the 22nd homicide of the year was recorded on the 16th day of July.

(On July 16, 2011 – the WPS investigated the arson related homicide of five people that included 4 men and 1 woman ranging in ages from 22 – 56. While this incident had a dramatic impact on the homicide statistics, 2011 would have been a record year for homicide regardless.)


2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 8
  • Stabbing – 8
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 4

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 19
  • Female – 3

One Comment

  1. Brady Martin

    Our judicial system has been way too soft for far too long! When murder is committed, the death penalty should be on the table as a consequence for the offender. And I don’t mean 20 years on death row! If it’s a closed case beyond a shadow of a doubt, the accused should be put to death within a year of sentencing. This would deter further crimes. Knowing murder is the offender’s death sentence would make a person think twice before committing. And, if not a deterrent for some, then we still clean our streets for the safety of the public. It’s a win, win as far as I’m concerned. Actions demand action, not lip service!!

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