The WPS Homicide Unit made a quick arrest in the killing of a man found mortally wounded in the area of Cumberland Ave and Spence Street on August 23, 2014.

Police previously reported the man was found by a passer-by who found the unconscious man lying on the street.

The man was rushed to Hospital but was later pronounced deceased.

Members of the WPS Homicide Unit and the Forensic Identification Unit continued the investigation with assistance from Uniform Patrol.

The victim has been identified as Helder Serpa (57) of Winnipeg.

Police indicate Serpa was walking to his residence when he was confronted by an unknown male.  An altercation took place that ended with Serpa being stabbed multiple times in the upper body.

Police located a male suspect in the area and took him into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Matthew James Sellner (35) of Winnipeg.  Sellner has been charged with Second Degree Murder due to his alleged involvement.

He was detained in custody.

Serpa is the sixteenth (16th) reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.

Ten (10) of the sixteen (16) murder victims were stabbed to death.

The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but three (3) cases thus far achieving a solvency rate of 83%.


The Police Insider – “WPS Homicide Unit Catches 2nd Case in August” 


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)


  1. James G Jewell

    You make a great point.

    It’s true that many people have little understanding of Police deadly force encounters or how lethal knife attacks can be for Law Enforcement Officers.

    Appreciate your comments.

    Thank you.

  2. 62% of murders this year come from edged weapons…and people question the validity of police shootings when the suspect has had an edge weapon. I think poeple should remember that stat for the future.

  3. James G Jewell

    At this point that is what it looks like.

    Unfortunately, random killings are not all that uncommon in Winnipeg.

    Stabbings are emerging as the murder method of choice this year in Winnipeg with ten (10) of (16) killings (62%) coming by way of edged weapon attacks.

    You are correct to be concerned as we all should be.

    Stabbings say something about the health of our City.

    They are often fuelled by alcohol and drugs or a combination of both.

    There’s a reason why Winnipeg scores so high on the Stats Canada violent crime index every year.

    Thank you for commenting.

  4. Very good work by the WPS. I will say this I hope what we hear so far is not the truth. Sometimes we hear police to be very quick on the draw and claim suspect and victim had no connection . I really hope in this case there was. If not we have a major problem in this city . If a person can be walking in this city and butchered by a complete stranger then we are in trouble. But the history of media and police may come into play in the next few days. That’s when the real story will probably come out.

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