Wednesday, January 28, 2015

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

January 28, 2015

Update - Homicide Investigation Arrests –

On January 23, 2015 at approximately 11:20 p.m., two males became involved in a physical altercation while on the roadway in the area of Isabel Street and Pacific Avenue.
As a result, the victim, a 22 year-old male was knocked unconscious and left lying in the southbound lanes of lsabel Street. The male suspect and a female fled the area in a vehicle.   
A short time later, another vehicle travelling southbound on Isabel Street struck the injured male while still on the roadway. Patrolling officers in the area witnessed the collision, stopped the vehicle and took the male driver into custody.
The victim, identified as Dustin Craig McKay of Winnipeg, was transported to hospital in critical condition and later pronounced deceased.
Desmond Evan SPICER, 50 years of Winnipeg was charged with the following due to his alleged involvement:

  • Drive While Ability Impaired Causing Death
  • Drive with more than 80 mg of Alcohol in Blood Cause Death

He was detained in custody.
Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation and were able to identify the male involved in the initial physical altercation with the victim.
On January 27th shortly before 3:00 p.m. the male was located and arrested without incident in the area of Market Avenue and Rorie Street.
Billy Joe COUTURE, 28 years of Winnipeg has been charged with the following for his alleged involvement:

  • Manslaughter
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance

He was detained in custody.
Marihuana Grow Operation Arrest – R15-5430
On January 27, 2015, members of the Marihuana Grow Operation Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and District 3 uniform members executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant in the 800 block of Pritchard Avenue.  Two occupants were arrested without incident.  A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of the following:

  • 178 Marihuana plants with an estimated street value of $199,360.00
  • 49 grams of dry marihuana with an estimated street value of $490.00
  • Grow operation equipment valued at $13,600.00

A 61-year-old male of Surrey, BC is facing charges of Produce a Scheduled Substance – CANNABIS (MARIHUANA) and Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – CANNABIS (MARIHUANA) for his alleged involvement.

He was released via a Promise to Appear.
A 50-year-old female was released without charge.


For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer
Detective Sergeant Natalie Aitken, Public Information Officer

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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