Police Issue Warrant in Main Street Killing

Travis Chief (WPS Handout)
Travis Chief (WPS Handout)

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service have obtained a Canada Wide Warrant for a suspect wanted in connection with the killing of Henry Kipling (43).

On February 27, 2016, shortly before 3:00 am, emergency personnel were dispatched to the 800 block of Main Street regarding the report of an assault.

On arrival, Police located Kipling who was suffering from serious injuries sustained in an assault. Kipling was conveyed to hospital in critical condition and subsequently died.

Police report Kipling was assaulted twice within a short time by two separate people;

  • In the first assault, a female suspect became involved in an argument with Kipling while inside a Main Street Hotel.  The woman was subsequently ejected from the premise.  A short time later she confronted Kipling outside the Hotel and assaulted him.
  • Approximately 30 minutes later, Kipling was assaulted and robbed in the same area in what police describe as an “unrelated attack” by a male suspect.  The investigation revealed Kipling was waiting for a taxi back when the man attacked and robbed him.  Police note Kipling was not able to defend himself as he was incapacitated from the earlier assault.

Police report Kipling sustained further injuries during the attack and was eventually transported to hospital

During the investigation police released pictures seeking the public’s assistance to identify the subjects depicted in the photographs;

Male & Female Subjects for Identification - WPS Handout
Male & Female Subjects for Identification – WPS Handout

Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson Constable Jason Michalyshyn indicates, “The release of the surveillance photos and public support once again assisted investigators with moving this investigation forward.”

It’s clear those efforts helped break the case.

On March 3, 2016, police charged Jenna Rose Traverse (23) with aggravated assault due to her alleged involvement in the first assault.  She was detained in custody.

On March 4, 2016, police issued a press release indicating they obtained a Canada Wide Warrant for manslaughter for the arrest of Travis Chief (23) (aka Guimond) in connection with the killing.

Chief is described a Aboriginal, 5’9″, 177 pounds, medium build, black hair and brown eyes.

Police believe Chief has left Winnipeg and may be in the area of Waywayseecappo, Manitoba in the company of a male and female.  They may be operating a blue sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile Alero, being driven by the woman.

Police indicate Chief is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

If anyone encounters him police should be contacted immediately.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with further information regarding this matter or the whereabouts of Chief is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6508, Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477) or their local police agency.

Insider Commentary

Aggravated assault is one of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code of Canada.

In order to be convicted of aggravated assault the Crown must prove an accused person wounded, maimed, disfigured or endangered the life of a person.

The maximum penalty for aggravated assault is fourteen (14) years in prison.

In this case, it will be interesting to see how the Crown assesses the culpability of the two suspects charged in this incident and how they will be able to differentiate the injuries caused in the two separate attacks.

I expect individual culpability will be a significant issue at trial.

Henry Kipling is the 6th reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.

Five (5) of the six (6) killings have been solved.

Solvency rate = 83%.

Last year, the 6th homicide was recorded on April 20.

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