The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has, “new business.”
On August 23, 2014, at approximately 1:40 a.m., members of the WPS responded to the area of Cumberland Ave and Spence St regarding an unconscious man that had been located.
Responding Officers subsequently received information from a passer-by who had found the victim. Police report injuries on the man are considered “suspicious.” The victim was transported to Hospital but was pronounced deceased.
The Homicide Unit is investigating.
Police indicate the identity of the victim has not yet been confirmed.
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
The murder of the unidentified victim is recorded as homicide number sixteen (16) for 2014.
The WPS has solved all but four (4) killings thus far achieving a 75% solvency rate.
“New Business,” a slang term used by Homicide Investigators who catch a new case, can often be a distraction for investigators working unsolved cases.
The WPS Homicide Squad is a relatively small Unit with limited resources.
When Homicide Investigators are overburdened they often rely on investigative support from the Major Crimes Unit, Organized Crime Unit and District Detective Offices.
Killings in “Murder City” often occur in the early morning hours.
Given the victim was located at 1:40 am on Saturday Homicide Detectives who worked a nine (9) hour shift on Friday were likely called back to work sometime around 2:00 a.m.
If the Detectives got to bed at around 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening, which is unlikely, they would have managed to get four (4) hours of sleep before heading back in to work. Once Officers catch a new case they can generally bet they’ll be working for a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours before they can take a break.
The longest shift I worked as a Homicide Investigator was a forty-two (42) hour stretch before I was able to get home to catch some much-needed sleep.
The commitment to work Homicide cases not only requires the sacrifice of sleep and a healthy lifestyle, it often requires the sacrifice of family time, birthdays, anniversaries, special holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and other important events.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 16th Homicide of the year;
2013 – Sept 4
2012 – June 17
2011 – May 21 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Aug 27
2009 – July 22
2008 – May 25
2007 – July 28
2006 – Oct 17
2005 – Aug 19
2004 – July 31 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)