On September 3rd, 2016 at approximately 2:25 am, a Winnipeg Police general patrol unit was in the area of Rorie Street and Bannatyne Avenue when a large number of individuals were observed to be causing a disturbance and fighting.
While attempting to disperse the crowd, the two officers located an injured adult male in the area of the 1st 100 block of Bannatyne Avenue. Attempts to administer first aid were hindered by a crowd that began to obstruct the officers.
At this time, individuals from within the crowd started to assault the officers which resulted in a Conducted Electrical Weapon (Taser) being deployed and discharged. As the struggle continued, the Taser was dropped and officers attempted to return to the victim to continue first aid.
Members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service attended a short time later and the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
It is believed that the Conducted Electrical Weapon was stolen during the incident.
The Winnipeg Police Service warns the public that the Conducted Electrical Weapon could pose a risk if it was to be picked up by an unsuspecting person and carried in a pocket as a build-up of static energy could activate the weapon.
The investigation into the injured male continues.
The Winnipeg Police Service is asking anyone with information regarding the injured male or Conducted Electrical Weapon to contact investigators with the Division 11 Crime Unit at 204-986-6668. Should the weapon be located, members of the public are requested to contact police immediately at 204-986-6222.
Fraud Warning Taxation Scam
As previously released on July 9th, 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service continues to receive reports of taxation-related scams.
The fraudsters will contact the victim pretending to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by either telephone or e-mail. The fraudsters will try to obtain your personal information and will then tell you that you have outstanding taxes. Unfortunately they are often very aggressive even going as far as saying that they have the police on the way to the victim's door to arrest them if they do not pay immediately. This causes the victim to become afraid and want to do anything to comply with the fake CRA. The fraudsters also seem to target new Canadians as they are not as familiar with the Canadian tax or justice system.
The fraudster will then suddenly realize how you can immediately pay your outstanding taxes by going to a store and purchasing a prepaid credit or gift card or by going to a money transfer business. Once the fraudster has the details about the card or the transfer the money is gone, often out of Canada, and cannot be recovered.
Tips to remember:
- The Canada Revenue Agency has your identity information and will not use the phone to solicit it.
- The CRA will never ask you to purchase gift cards or to attend a money transfer business.
- If you do receive a phone call, contact the CRA, with a phone number that you look up, to confirm the details.
If you would like to learn more about tax scams or other types of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Protect yourself: never agree to requests for payment without researching the validity of the caller.
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs