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October Deadliest Month in History ? – Police Solve Latest Killing

WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray – Photo JGJ

The month of October may go down as one of the most deadly months in recent recorded history in the City of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Police Homicide & Major Crime Detectives investigated a staggering eight (8) homicide cases during the month of October. The killings included a double murder in the north end and the stabbing death of a 14 year old girl in Tyndall Park.

WPS News Release

The homicide number does not include a grotesque domestic related stabbing where a three (3) year old boy was brutally stabbed in the neck by his mother’s boyfriend.

(Insider sources indicate the boy is not expected to survive.)

Not captured in those statistics is a north end shooting where four (4) people were struck with gunfire, one of which included a two (2) year old child, after a suspect entered the front door and discharged a shotgun into the residence.

Despite the carnage, WPS Homicide Detectives still managed to solve the latest killing.

On October 31, 2019 at approximately 9:50 a.m., members of the WPS responded to the 800 block of St Matthews Avenue regarding the report of suspicious circumstances.

On arrival, officers located an injured man outside of a residence.

The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.

Police identified the victim as Matthew Allan Sutherland (28) of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued the investigation and identified a suspect who was known to the victim. Investigators believe the two men were inside a residence at which time the victim was stabbed and subsequently collapsed outside.

The suspect was been identified as Michael Alexander Spence (32) of Winnipeg.

Spence was charged with;

  • 2nd degree murder

He was detained in custody


Insider Commentary

Sutherland is the 37th reported homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.

Of the 37 reported homicide cases investigated, police have solved all but 7 killings – the solvency rate currently stands at 81%.

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%.

(The year over year increase to date 2018 – 2019 is a concerning 68%.)

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

In 2011, the 37th homicide of the year was recorded on December 2nd.

(These latest killings put Winnipeg back on track to surpass the record year for total homicide cases.)


October 2019 – A Record Month

Police Insider research indicates this October may have been the deadliest month in recorded history in our City.

As previously indicated, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of eight (8) homicide cases last month.

The previous deadliest month in recent recorded history was in October of 2007 when a total of seven (7) homicides were investigated.

In 2011, WPS Homicide Detectives invested a total of 6 homicide cases in the month of July. The year ended with 34 homicide cases, a record at that time. It is noted, all 34 cases were solved that year achieving a rare 100% annual solvency rate.

(Of the 6 homicide cases investigated in July 2011, five (5) people were killed in a single arson related case.)

In 2019, WPS Homicide Detectives investigated six (6) homicide cases in each of the months of March and May.


2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 13
  • Stabbing –11
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 11

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 31
  • Female – 6

2019 Homicide by the Month

  • January – 3
  • February – 2
  • March – 6
  • April – 2
  • May – 6
  • June – 5
  • July – 1
  • August – 3
  • September – 1
  • October – 8

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

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