Information Scant in Officer Involved Shooting / Domestic Homicide

Winnipeg Police Service

Police have released little information regarding what appears to be the thirty second (32nd) homicide of the year.

On October 18, 2019 at 8:00 a.m., East District Patrol Officers were dispatched to a domestic incident in the 300 block of Riverton Avenue.

On arrival, officers encountered a man at the residence.

Police indicate a confrontation ensued which resulted in the man being shot.

The man was rushed to hospital where he remains.

Officers at the scene subsequently located a deceased woman and are treating the incident as a homicide case.

Police advised the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) has been notified and have taken responsibility for the investigation regarding the officer involved shooting.

The WPS Homicide Unit has taken responsibility for the investigation involving the death of the woman.

No further information has been released.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The WPS issues a press release providing the identity of the female victim in this case who they identified as Karen Jane Letniak (48) of Winnipeg.

Police advise the male suspect remains in hospital in stable condition and will face charges once he is able to be discharged. (His name will not be released until charges are officially laid.)

The release indicates police believe the suspect and the victim were known to each other prior to the killing.

A post mortem confirmed the woman’s death was classified as a homicide.

The investigation is continuing by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

Update II

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Police issue press release indicating the following:

On November 1, 2019, WPS Homicide investigators officially charged the suspect in this case.

The suspect was identified as:

  • Cody Don Saunders (26) of Winnipeg

Saunders was charged with;

  • 2nd degree murder
  • Assault Police Officer with a Weapon
  • Possession of a Weapon

Saunders was detained in custody.

Social Media:

The following is a FB post recently published by a woman believed to be the sister of the victim in this case.

The Police Insider offers our sincere condolences to all family, relatives and friends. πŸ˜₯

Insider Commentary

The woman killed in this incident is the 32 reported homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.

Police have solved all but 4 of the 32 cases – solvency rate = 87.5%.

A total of five (5) women have been victims of homicide this year.

In 2018, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-two (22) homicide cases.

All but one of the cases from 2018 has been solved – solvency rate = 95%.

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

In 2011, the 32nd homicide of the year was recorded on September 25

2019 Officer Involved Shootings:

In 2019, the WPS has had a total of five (5) officer involved shootings.

A total of two of the five shootings have been fatal.

(The current status of the man shot in the above case is unknown.)

The circumstances surrounding the noted shootings varied and involved;

In 2018, the WPS had one non-fatal officer involved shooting.

In 2017, the WPS had a total of five (5) officer involved shootings.

A total of two of the five shootings were fatal.

2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 11
  • Stabbing – 8
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 11

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 27
  • Female – 5

2019 Homicide by the Month

  • January – 3
  • February – 2
  • March – 6
  • April – 2
  • May – 6
  • June – 5
  • July – 1
  • August – 3
  • September – 1
  • October – 3

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


  1. James G Jewell


    The point is obvious.

    The annual statistics included in the article can be used for comparative analysis.

    The City of Winnipeg is currently 10 homicides away from matching the record number of killings from 2011.

    The monthly stats offer insight, but I leave it up to the reader to draw whatever conclusions they may.

  2. So what’s your point? Statistics without context are just numbers.

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