Senseless Killing Nets Manslaughter Charge

WPS PIO Constable Jay Murray

The Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release today announcing an arrest in a senseless north end killing.

On May 11, 2019, at approximately 12:00 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a rear lane near Burrows Avenue and Albina Way regarding the report of an assault.

On arrival, police located both a suspect and an injured man.

The suspect was taken into custody and the injured man was rushed to hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased man was identified as Calvin Chan (66) of Winnipeg.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit continued the investigation and believe the victim, along with a neighbor, had been attempting to back a boat into a garage when the suspect attempted to drive past.

Police indicated an argument ensued which resulted in the victim being assaulted.

Police Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray indicated;

“There are elements of both road rage and a neighbor dispute that led to the incident.”

“There are elements of both road rage and a neighbor dispute that led to the incident.”

Murray continued;

“All three parties here, the neighbor, the deceased victim and the suspect were neighbors and lived in the area, so they were familiar with each other. “

When asked by media if any weapons were used in the incident Murray indicated;

“We believe it was a single punch that caused this individual to fall and sustain the injury.”

Police have charged Dennis Lloyd Jr. Penner (24) of Winnipeg with manslaughter as a result of his alleged involvement in the incident.

Penner was detained in custody.

Insider Commentary;

Chan is the 15th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.

Police have solved 13 of the 15 reported cases this year – solvency rate = 86%.

In 2018, the 15th homicide was not recorded until September 24th.

In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicides.

In 2011, the 15th homicide of the year was recorded on May 16th.

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One Punch Homicides

During my tenure in the Homicide Unit I participated in several investigations where victims were killed as a result of suffering one or two punches.

  • On August 26, 1995, Marvin Johnson (58) became involved in a domestic dispute when his friend intervened and punched him twice in the face. Johnson died as a result of suffering a subdural hematoma. Johnson’s friend was subsequently charged with Manslaughter. The charge was eventually stayed by the Crown.
  • On September 24, 2000, William Taylor (42) was punched in the head by a young man after a verbal dispute. Taylor fell to the ground and struck his head on the ground. He subsequently died from his injuries. The offender was charged with Manslaughter. (Disposition of charges not readily available)
  • On March 14, 2004, Denis Vandal (49) was punched in the head by a security guard at a drinking establishment. Vandal fell to the ground and struck his head on the floor. He subsequently died from his injuries. Glenn Lizchynsky (36) was charged with manslaughter but the charges were eventually dropped by the Crown. (Vandal was the brother of Winnipeg City Councillor Dan Vandal)
  • On April 14, 2010, Kelly Clay (18) was punched in the head by a bar patron at the Norvilla Hotel. Clay fell to the ground and struck his head on the floor. Jeremy Botelho (23) was charged with manslaughter. A jury subsequently found him not guilty of the charge.

(These are only a few of the cases that come to mind. There have been other “one punch” homicides over the last two decades or so.)

2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 6
  • Stabbing – 5
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 2
Gender of Victims;
  • Male – 13
  • Female – 2

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