The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has laid charges in a firearm related killling from early October.
On October 7, 2019, at 9:25 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to reports of a man down in the front yard of a residence located in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue.
Upon arrival, police officers located the body of a deceased male believed to be in his twenties.
Police subsequently identified the victim as Darlus Dary Darrien McKay (19) of Winnipeg.
Reports in various media outlets indicated McKay was involved in the drug subculture and was associated with a “bad” crowd.
In an online CBC news article the victim’s mother, Tina McKay, indicated, “A few of his friends told me that he was in a lot of trouble and a lot of his friends told me that something was going to happen to him. He [got] caught up on meth.”
Mckay indicated her son had been shot to death.
On Monday, November 18, 2019, the WPS issued a press release providing an update on the case.
Police indicated members of the Homicide Unit continued the investigation and were able to identify two male suspects who were allegedly known to the victim.
Investigators believe the two suspects were involved in a verbal argument with the victim which escalated to the point the victim was shot.
On November 15, 2019, members of the North District Community Support Unit located one of the suspects at a residence in the 400 block of Boyd Avenue and took him into custody.
The man has been identified as Derek Donald Franklin (37) of Winnipeg.
Franklin has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the killing.
On November 17, 2019, members of the North District Community Support Unit located the second suspect at a different residence in the 400 block of Boyd Ave and were able to take him into custody.
The man was identified as Christopher Dakota Murdock (26) of Winnipeg.
Murdock has been charged with;
- 2nd degree murder
- Possess Firearm, Restricted or Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order x 2
Both men were detained in custody.
The man killed in this incident was identified as the 30th reported homicide victim of the year.
The City of Winnipeg has now investigated a record tying 41 homicides this year.
Of the 41 reported homicide cases investigated, police have solved all but 9 killings – the solvency rate currently stands at 78%.
(Expect the solvency rate to continue to significantly rise as a many of these killings are still considered to be in the early stages of investigation.)
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 staggering 86%.)
In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.
In 2019, the WPS has investigated a total of sixteen (16) firearm-related homicide cases.
This represents a year over year increase of 433.33% from 2018.
In 2018, the WPS investigated a total of three (3) firearm-related homicide cases, a 57% decrease from the previous year.
In 2017, police investigated a total of seven (7) firearm-related homicide cases.
In 2016, police investigated a total of five (5) firearm-related homicide cases.
2019 Homicide Statistics – Year to Date
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 16
- Stabbing –15
- Blunt Force Trauma – 7
- Arson – 1
- Assault / MVA – 1
- Not Disclosed – 1
Gender of Victims;
- Male – 35
- 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
- November – 4
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