City Records 1st Homicide of 2017

Police Spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshyn (Photo JGJ)

It didn’t take long for the City of Winnipeg to record its first murder of 2017.

On January 3, 2017 at approximately 9:55 p.m., police responded to a report of gunshots heard in the vicinity of Thames Avenue and Watt Street.

Upon arrival, responding officers located an adult male lying in the roadway.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedics Service personnel transported the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Police have not released the victim’s identity.

A post-mortem examination to determine cause of death is pending.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Tyler Kirton (FB)

A CBC news report identifies the victim killed in this incident as Tyler Kirton (25).

A go fund me page has been set up to assist his family with funeral expenses.


On January 5th, Police issued press release announcing arrest in this homicide.

The sixteen (16) year old young offender has been charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with this case.

Police indicate the killing was not drug or gang related.


In 2016, no young offenders were charged with murder in the City of Winnipeg.

WPS Media Release

Update #3

Police Media Release Feb 9, 2017

Insider Commentary;

In 2016, the first homicide of the year was recorded on January 12.

The year ended with a total of 24 homicides.

  • All but three of the reported cases were solved – solvency rate = 87.5%.

In 2015, the City recorded a total of 23 homicides.

  • All but two of the reported cases were solved – solvency rate = 91.3%.

Manner of Death – 2016 Homicides

  • Blunt Force – 11
  • Stabbing – 6
  • Shooting – 5
  • Arson – 2

Victim Demographics

  • Male – 19
  • Female – 5
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