Police Still Seeking Murder Suspect – Two Young Offenders Nabbed

Police Spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshyn

On March 23, 2017, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release announcing the arrest of a young offender charged in a February north end killing.

On February 6, 2017 at 11:15 p.m., police and EMS responded to the 500 block of Magnus Avenue regarding an injured man.

Upon arrival, police located the victim who was found to be suffering from multiple serious injuries. The man was transported to hospital in critical condition and subsequently died.

The victim was identified as Canon Franklin Beardy (28) of Winnipeg.

Canon Franklin Beardy (yourlifemoments.ca)

Police have not released the cause of death or a motive for his killing.

On Friday, February 17, 2017, the WPS issued a press release indicating they arrested and charged a 14-year-old young offender with 2nd degree murder in connection with the killing.

Police indicated homicide investigators obtained arrest warrants and were actively seeking two (2) other suspects.

One of those suspects, a sixteen (16) year old young offender, has now been taken into custody.

The youth stands charged with;

  • 2nd Degree Murder
  • Possess Proceeds of Crime
  • Flight from Police Officer and a number of related offences.

He was detained in custody.

Joshua Leclerc (WPS Handout)

Police advise members of the Homicide Unit continue to search for an adult offender identified as Joshua Leclerc (19) years of age.

Beardy was the 3rd reported victim of homicide in 2017.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding Leclerc’s whereabouts to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime-stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


On May 25, 2017, members of the WPS Street Crimes Unit arrested Leclerc who has been charged with 2nd degree murder and breach of recognizance.

Leclerc was detained in custody.

Insider Commentary;

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

That trend has come to an end.

Thus far in 2017 a total of three (3) young offenders have been charged with murder in connection with two (2) killings.

On January 4, 2017, Tyler Kirton (25) of Winnipeg was gunned down in the first murder of the year. A sixteen (16) year old young offender was charged with 1st degree murder in the killing.

The WPS Homicide Unit has investigated a total of eight (8) homicide cases so far this year.

A total of three cases remain unsolved – solvency rate = 62.5 %.

In 2016, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 25 homicide cases.

All but three cases have been solved – solvency rate = 88%.*

*One case from 2016 involves the death of two victims – should that case be solved the solvency rate would jump to 96%.

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