The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit restored its one hundred percent solvency rate after charging a suspect in the Cities latest killing.
On July 19, 2017, the WPS issued a press release announcing the arrest of Eric John Guimond (57) of Winnipeg who has been charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of John Blaine Flett (50) also of Winnipeg.
Flett was discovered mortally wounded in the front entrance of the Manwin Hotel at 655 Main Street on July 16, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m., after emergency services were dispatched to investigate the report of an injured man at that location.
Flett was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries.
The cause of death was not released at the time of the original report.
Police indicate they’ve determined Flett was involved in an argument with Guimond who allegedly stabbed him in the upper body.
Guimond was arrested on July 18, 2017.
He was detained in custody.
Flett is the 14th reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all 14 cases.
In 2016, the 14th homicide of the year was reported on July 5.
2017 Homicide Stats
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 5
- Stabbing – 5
- Blunt Force Trauma – 2
- Not Released – 2
- Male – 10
- Female – 4
A total of 8 of 14 or 57% homicide victims reported this year are believed to be of Indigenous ancestry.
A total of 21 of 27 or 78% of perpetrators charged this year are believed to be of Indigenous origin.
(According to Statistics Canada Indigenous people represent approximately 11% of the urban population in the City of Winnipeg.)
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