Police Make Multiple Arrests in Ranville Homicide

WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray (Photo JGJ)


On September 6, 2017, the WPS announced multiple arrests in the stabbing death of eighteen (18) year old Tyler William Ranville.

On August 18, 2017, at 11:15 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service patrolling in the area of Sargent Avenue and McMicken Street were flagged down regarding the report of an injured man.

Officers located an adult male who was determined to be suffering from stab wounds.

The man was transported to hospital in critical condition.

Members of the WPS Major Crimes Unit led the investigation and learned that after being stabbed, the victim stumbled into the roadway at Sargent Avenue and Langside Street where he collapsed.

Police indicate the man may have appeared intoxicated and not injured.

Original WPS Media Release

Investigators believed both pedestrians and motorists travelling on Sargent Avenue may have seen the victim as he struggled to stay on his feet.

At the time of the incident police made a public appeal seeking information to assist the investigation.

On August 27, 2017, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

He was identified as Tyler William Ranville (18) of Winnipeg.

The investigation is continued by members of the WPS Homicide Unit who report the victim had been in the area of Sargent Avenue and Young Street when he became involved in a dispute with a group of men. Police indicate the dispute escalated and the victim was stabbed at which time he stumbled into the roadway and collapsed.

The investigation resulted in the identification of a number of suspects who were arrested and have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the killing;

  • Abdullah Jemal Ahmed (20)
  • Nasim Abdullah Ahmed (18)
  • Yonas Gebremekeal (18)
  • Young Offender (M) (16)

Police indicated Abdullah Ahmed was arrested after he fled from a vehicle that struck a police cruiser car. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

All four (4) suspects were detained in custody.

Police sources indicate the suspects have gang associations and it seems those associations played a role in the killing.

Insider Commentary;

Ranville is the 20th reported victim of homicide this year.

Tyler Ranville (FB)

Sources indicate he is “known” to police.

His Facebook profile photograph was updated on August 10, 2017.

At this time last year, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 20 homicides. The year ended with 26 reported homicides with all but one case being solved.

That translates to a 96% solvency rate.

The Homicide Unit investigated a total of 4 homicide cases in the month of August.

A total of 3 of the last 6 killings remain unsolved.

(Police solved the first 14 consecutive homicide cases they investigated this year.)

The current solvency rate for 2017 stands at 85%.

Young Offenders

In 2016, not a single young person was charged with homicide in the City of Winnipeg.

Thus far in 2017, a total of six (6) young persons have been charged in connection with homicide cases.

Charges laid in the killings range from 1st degree murder to 2nd degree murder to manslaughter.

One of these killings includes the stabbing death of a seventeen (17) year old teen who was murdered on August 6, 2017. A seventeen (17) year old youth was charged with manslaughter in the case.

Main stream media has largely ignored the significant spike in youth participation in homicide cases this year.

One Comment

  1. It would be interesting to know how many of the youth charged this year were incarcerated last year or had histories of criminal charges. Homicide is not generally the first violent or criminal activity engaged in.

    Were the gang associations known prior to the homicides, or were they identified during the investigation? How can we identify youth at risk and intervene early? How do we gauge the effectiveness of existing programs?

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