Police Investigating 1st Homicide of the Year

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver (Photo JGJ)

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

On January 1, 2019, at approximately 6:00 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched to the 400 block of Nairn Avenue regarding an unspecified incident.

Upon arrival, police located an adult male who died after suffering an apparent gunshot (s) wound.

The victim has not been identified.

Police have released little in the way of information regarding the killing.

During a press conference, Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver did say, “I can tell you that an adult male was shot in the 400 block of Nairn and has succumbed to the injury.”

He went on to say, “I believe the officers know who he is, but we don’t release any details until next of kin have been notified.”

WPS Holiday Season Statistics

Carver provided news agencies with outrageous crime statistics regarding the burden placed on WPS frontline officers during the holiday season.

These numbers included;

10,971 – total calls for service which included;

  • 7,559 911 calls
  • 3,412 non-emergency calls

Significant Call Types;

  • 424 – domestic calls
  • 425 – check well-being
  • 168 – break & enter calls
  • 48 – weapons calls
  • 24 – gun calls
  • 16 – stabbing calls
  • 12 – shots fired calls
  • 2 – homicide cases

Carver also reported WPS officers took the extraordinarily rare step of issuing an Emergency Closure Order of a downtown hotel’s drinking establishment after over twenty police officers were required to intervene in a number of alcohol-fueled violent incidents.

Carver indicated police intervened in a number of fights, encountered an unruly heavily intoxicated crowd and a number of subjects armed with weapons.

Carver advised police arrested Winnipeg murder suspect Michael Anthony Caribou (28) at the scene of the melee.

Police have been looking for Caribou since September 22, 2018, for his alleged involvement in a north end homicide.

Caribou was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant for 2nd-degree murder and has been detained in custody.

The fun didn’t end there…

Police were also required to deal with a subject who caused over $10,000 to a suite in the hotel. Carver reported the man threw a table out of a seven (7) story window.

When asked by the media, Carver confirmed many of the reported incidents involved the use and/or abuse of methamphetamine.

Insider Commentary:

The most recent year in which the City of Winnipeg recorded a homicide on January 1st was 2006.

The year ended with a total of 23 killings.

In 2018, the 1st homicide of the year was recorded on January 9th.

In 2017, the 1st homicide of the year was recorded on January 3rd.


January 3rd, 2019

Police issue a press release providing further information regarding this homicide.

The release indicates the following;

On January 1, 2019, at 6:05 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a residence in the 400 block of Nairn Avenue regarding the report of a man who had been shot.

On arrival, the injured man was located outside of the residence.

The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition but was pronounced deceased sometime later.

The victim has been identified as Adam Travis Martin (31) of Winnipeg.

Police indicate the investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

No arrests have been made and police did not release any information regarding the motive for the killing.

2018 Homicide Statistics

In 2018, police have solved a total of 20 of the 22 reported homicide cases – solvency rate – 90.9%.

Stabbings continued to dominate the manner of death in Winnipeg homicide cases;


  • Male – 16
  • Female – 5
  • Child – 1 (Male – 21 months)

Cause of Death

  • Stabbing – 12
  • Blunt Force – 6
  • Shooting – 3
  • Not Disclosed – 1

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