It seems Police Insider speculation regarding the motive for a recent Pritchard Avenue killing was spot on.
Guns, drugs or gangs was the question.
All of the above appears to be the answer.
On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release providing a degree of clarity regarding the investigation.
Police say on August 22, 2019, at approximately 9:30 a.m., EMS responded to a medic call in the 800 block of Pritchard Avenue regarding the report of an unresponsive man.
On arrival, officers located an injured man who had been shot. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition and was subsequently pronounced deceased.
The victim has now been identified as Kyle Allan Malanchuk (26) of Winnipeg.
Police advise the Homicide Unit continued the investigation and have obtained a Canada wide warrant for the arrest of a suspect identified as Bradley Shawn Thomas (24) of Winnipeg.
Thomas is wanted on charges that include;
- 2nd-degree murder
- discharge a restricted firearm or prohibited firearm with intent
- possession of a weapon
- possess firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
- possess firearm contrary to prohibition order x 3
Thomas is described as Indigenous, 5’7″ tall, weighing 131 pounds with a thin build. He has brown eyes and is believed to have short black hair. He is known to have numerous tattoos on his right arm.
Members of the public are cautioned not to approach Thomas under any circumstances.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to call 911.
Additional information that may assist investigators can be relayed to Homicide Unit investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
Monday, September 2, 2019
Police issue a press release indicating Thomas has been arrested on the strength of his arrest warrant.
On August 30, 2019, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Thomas was taken into custody in the area of Salter Street and Alfred Avenue.
Police indicate that Thomas and the victim had been socializing with party goers at the residence in the 800 block of Pritchard Avenue at which time a firearm was discharged near Malanchuk’s upper body causing a fatal injury.
Thomas was detained in custody.
No further information was released.
Known to Police
The WPS indicate both the victim and alleged killer are “known” to police.
On October 26, 2018, the CBC posted a story with the headline, “Man says police ran over him on purpose with cruiser, IIU investigating.”
It turns out Malanchuk was the alleged “victim” in the incident.
In the article, Malanchuk’s mother indicates, “He’s well-known, so that is why they always stop him, he is not an angel.”
She confirmed her son had a lengthy criminal record.
The status of the IIU investigation is not known at this time.
In November of 2012, Malanchuk was arrested for his part in a crime ring that netted over $90,000 in cash and caused over $23,000 in property damage to victim properties.
In January of this year, Malanchuk appears to have uploaded a poster on FB that reads, “Winnipeg, Manitoba – Because every day should be a near-death experience.”
Malanchuk is the 27th reported homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.
Police have solved all but 4 of the 27 cases – solvency rate = 85%.
In 2018, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-two (22) homicide cases.
In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.
In 2011, the 27th homicide of the year was recorded on the 25th day of August.
(The 2011 homicide record is still in play,)
2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 10
- Stabbing – 8
- Blunt Force Trauma – 2
- Not Disclosed – 7
Gender of Victims;
- Male – 24
- Female – 3
2019 Homicide by the Month
- January – 3
- February – 2
- March – 6
- April – 2
- May – 6
- June – 5
- July – 1
- August – 2
2011 Homicide by the Month
- January – 3
- February – 4
- March – 2
- April – 2
- May – 5
- June – 1
- July – 6 – (Includes an incident where 5 people died in an arson-related incident.)
- August – 6
- September – 4
- October – 2
- November – 1
- December – 5