Stabbing Morphs into Homicide – Young Man Succumbs to Injuries

WPS Crime Scene Investigator (Photo JGJ)

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.

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.

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

The investigation is now 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-TIPS (8477).

Insider Commentary;

Sources indicate the victim is this matter is “known” to police.

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

Tyler Ranville (FB Profile Photo)

At this time last year, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 19 homicides. The year ended with 26 reported homicides with all but one case being solved.

That translates to a 96% solvency rate.

August continues to be a deadly month this year.

The Homicide Unit has investigated 4 homicide cases this month.

A total of 4 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 80%.

Editor’s Note;

WPS Media Release – April 10, 2017

The WPS is including the murder of Christine Wood in the 2017 homicide stats when she was believed to have been killed in August of 2016.

An arrest was made in Wood’s case in April of 2017.

Police are calling Ranville’s case homicide #21 for 2017.

(The decision to include Wood’s case in the 2017 homicide statistics has the effect of artificially inflating the 2017 homicide numbers.)

2017 Homicide Stats

Manner of Death

  • Stabbing – 9
  • Shooting – 6
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 3
  • Not Released – 2


  • Male – 16
  • Female – 4
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