Thursday, December 10, 2015

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Homicide Investigation Update - Charge Upgraded - C15-101966
As previously released, on May 19, 2015, shortly before 6:00 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to the 1st 100 block of Cheltenham Cove for the report of an injured female.

Officers attending to the scene arrived to find a female suffering from injuries to her upper body, which she later succumbed to.  She was identified as Kathleen LEARY of Winnipeg.

Initial reports that a residential break & enter or home invasion had occurred were unfounded.

The investigation continued by members of the Homicide and Forensic Identification Units.

A youth from Winnipeg, who was known to the victim, had been charged with Second Degree Murder for his alleged involvement.

After further investigation and review, a charge of 1st Degree Murder was authorized by the Crown and a warrant of arrest for the accused was issued.

On December 9, 2015, the accused was arrested on the strength of the warrant and later returned to custody.

Firearms Arrest – C15-259765
On December 10, 2015, shortly before 1:00 a.m. uniform members were in the area of Aikins Street and Anderson Avenue where they encountered a male known to possibly carry firearms.

As officers exited the cruiser, the male turned and fled.  During the foot chase he was seen to throw a firearm, later determined to be a sawed off .22 calibre rifle, into a yard.  After the foot pursuit, which lasted several minutes, the male was taken into custody without incident.

Subsequent search resulted in the seizure of 26 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition and a collapsible baton.

Joshua Ryan DUPRAT, 31 years of Lac Du Bonnet, Mb has been charged with several weapon related offences for his alleged involvement.

He was detained in custody.

For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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

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