WPS Homicide Unit Charges Suspect in August 2017 Killing

WPS PIO Constable R. Carver (Photo JGJ)

On July 26, 2018, the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Office issued a press release announcing an arrest in the August 2017 killing of Dean Wade Yurkiw (50).

On August 4, 2017, at approximately 3:15 p.m., EMS personnel responded to the 300 block of Redwood Avenue regarding the report of an injured man.

Dean Wade Yurkiw (50) – WPS Handout

Upon arrival, Yurkiw was located suffering from injuries consistent with being stabbed.

He was subsequently rushed to hospital in critical condition but later died.

Yurkiw was the 17th reported homicide victim of 2017.

On July 4th, 2018, the WPS issued a press release seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a potential suspect in the investigation.

Police subsequently released the following suspect description;

  • Indigenous male in his early 20’s
  • Approximately 5’7″ tall
  • Thin build, short brown hair, possibly with a buzz cut
  • Wearing a long-sleeved¬†plaid shirt, grey in colour, aqua green shirt under the plaid shirt and long dark blue shorts

Police advised a male DNA profile had been recovered from the crime scene.

Police also indicated investigators believed the suspect lives or lived in the area at the time of the murder, close to where Yurkiw was discovered. Police believed people in the neighborhood would have seen the suspect in the area.

On July 24, 2018, based on information received throughout the investigation and evidence collected, investigators were able to obtain an arrest warrant for a suspect.

“Police believe the attack on Yurkiw was “random” in nature.”

On July 25, 2018, members of the WPS Homicide Unit arrested Zachary Brandon Roulette (24) of Winnipeg who has now been charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection with Yurkiw’s murder.

Roulette was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.

Police believe the attack on Yurkiw was “random” in nature.

WPS Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek indicated there was no known motive for the killing and the victim and accused killer were not known to each other before the attack.

Insider Commentary;

With the arrest in this case, the WPS has achieved a remarkable 100% solvency rate in the following years:

  • 2017 – 23 homicide cases
  • 2014 – 26 homicide cases
  • 2004 – 34 homicide cases
  • 2000 – 17 homicide cases
  • 1999 – 14 homicide cases

(In 2016, the WPS investigated a total of 26 homicide cases. Only one of those cases remains unsolved.)

The WPS routinely secures annual solvency rates in the 90% range.

Detailed Police Insider statistics regarding 2017 homicide cases can be found here.

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