It appears domestic violence is the motive in the latest city homicide.
On July 21, 2018, East District Patrol Officers responded to a suite in a residential complex in the 1700 block of Henderson Highway to check the well-being of an elderly man.
On arrival, police found the man deceased with obvious stab wounds.
The victim’s wife was taken into custody at the scene.
Police indicate the investigation led them to believe the victim and his wife were involved in a dispute during the evening of July 15, 2018.
Police believe the dispute escalated to the point the man was stabbed in the upper body.
He subsequently died from his injuries.
The deceased man was identified as Hans George Scheppner (85) of Winnipeg.
His wife, Anne-Dore Maria Scheppner (73) of Winnipeg has been charged with 2nd-degree murder.
She was detained in custody.
Hans George Scheppner is the 11th reported homicide victim of the year.
At this time last year, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 15 homicide cases.
The news of the killing comes on the heels of the release of the WPS 2017 Annual Crime Statistical Report.
That report showed a continuing upward trend for dispatch calls regarding domestic disturbances.
While men continue to dominate the charged person domestic violence stats, we can’t forget people of all genders are represented in the numbers;
Police officers who respond to domestic violence calls must always be alert to that reality.
2018 Homicide Statistics
Stabbings continue to dominate the manner of death in Winnipeg homicide cases;
- Male – 8
- Female – 3
Cause of Death
- Stabbing – 6
- Shooting – 2
- Blunt Force – 2
- Not Disclosed – 1