Shots Fired, Police Catch New Case – Solve “Crack Shack” Murder

WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver (Photo JGJ)

The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit is working a new case only hours after putting a recent case to bed.

On March 12, 2019, at approximately 1:15 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the 1300 block of Ellice Avenue regarding a report of a shooting.

On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from serious injuries.

The man was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The victim has not been identified.

Police have not released any information regarding motive or cause of death.

Police did advise the public that the preliminary investigation indicates the attack was not random in nature.

As such, danger to the public would be considered minimal.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit, anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-2477.

The man killed in this incident is the 8th reported homicide victim of the year.

In 2018, the 8th homicide victim was reported on May 30.

In 2017, the 8th homicide victim was reported on March 14.

(All previous homicides reported this year have been solved.)


March 12, 2019 – 1850 hrs

Brett Anthony Cadieux (FB)

A CTV news story identifies the victim as Brett Anthony Cadieux (23)  of Winnipeg.

The story contains a photo provided by a family member.

Police have yet to confirm the victims’ identity.

Later in the afternoon, police issued a press release indicating the attack on the victim was not believed to be random in nature.

The investigation is still in the very early stages.

Expect further information in the coming days.

Selkirk Ave Homicide Arrests

On March 8, 2019, at approximately 4:45 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the 200 block of Selkirk Avenue regarding the report of an injured man.

WPS PIO Constable J Murray (Photo JGJ)

On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from blunt force trauma. The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition but was later pronounced deceased.

Police report a number of people were taken into custody from within a residence and immediate area.

The victim has now been identified as Warren Stewart Nabess (52) of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued the investigation.

Investigators believe the occupants of the residence were involved in illicit drug trafficking and the victim attended the location at which time he was seriously assaulted.

Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray put context on the killing indicating;

“This person attended the residence, and I don’t think it was a surprise that this house was involved in the drug trade.”

”For lack of a better term, it was a “crack shack” and they were dealing crack.”

“For lack of a better term, it was a crack shack and they were dealing crack,” Murray said.

“Regardless of the circumstances, no one should be a victim of a homicide,” he stressed.

Police have charged Robert Terry William-Stove (19) of Winnipeg with;

  • 2nd-degree murder

Police also charged a 15-year-old youth with;

  • Accessory after the fact to murder
  • Possess a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking, to wit: cocaine

(Murray indicated the youth allegedly dragged the victim out of the residence and participated in cleaning up the crime scene – hence the accessory charge.)

Both accused offenders have been detained in custody.

On March 11, 2019, at approximately 6:55 p.m., members of the WPS Street Crimes Unit located a 3rd suspect at a residence in the Dufferin Avenue neighbourhood and took him into custody.

Police have charged Eric Justin Sinclair (38) of Winnipeg with;

  • 2nd degree murder
  • Fail to comply with probation order x 2
  • Breach of recognizance

Sinclair was detained in custody.

Insider Commentary;

Eric Justin Sinclair is no stranger to the world of criminal justice.

If memory serves correctly, he was charged with manslaughter in the 2001 killing of Norman Fleury (23) of Winnipeg.

A total of four (4) other suspects were charged in the killing.

Sinclair and the suspects all had associations to a Winnipeg street gang.

2019 Homicide Statistics – Manner of Death
  • Firearm – 5
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 1
  • Not Disclosed – 2


The Police Insider – Winnipeg Police Investigating Selkirk Avenue Homicide

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