Wednesday, September 14, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

 

 
  Wednesday, September 14, 2016
   
 


   
Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision – C16-191395
On September 13, 2016, at approximately 3:50 p.m., a District 3 general patrol unit attempted to execute a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling on Boyd Avenue near Arlington Street. The subject vehicle failed to stop and accelerated westbound on Boyd Avenue. This vehicle then collided with a pick-up truck that was north-bound on Sinclair Street.
   
The driver of truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
   
As a result of the collision a 36-year-old adult female passenger from the first vehicle suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Two youths, who were passengers; a male and female, in their teens, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. An adult male passenger also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
   
In addition, the driver of the subject vehicle, a 20-year-old male, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was charged with the following offences:
   
   - Drive Impaired cause Death x 1, and bodily harm X 4
   - Drive Dangerous resulting in Death x 1, and bodily harm x 4
   - Flight from Police resulting in Death x 1, and bodily harm x 4
   - Breach of Undertaking
   - Warrant of Arrest x 2
   - Drive Disqualified (criminal code)
   
He was detained in custody.
   
Because this police incident involved a fatality, the Independent Investigations Unit of Manitoba has taken jurisdiction as prescribed by their mandate. Any inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to their offices.  
   
   
Update - Homicide Arrest – C14-111775
As previously released -On May 30, 2014 shortly before 12:00 noon, a group came upon a male known to them while he was sleeping in the area of the 600 block of Century Street.
   
The male suspects proceeded to assault the victim about the body causing critical injuries. The suspects fled and sometime later a passer-by located the injured male. The victim, identified as Wayne Michael HARPER, 31 years-old was transported to hospital and pronounced deceased.    

Members of the Homicide Unit and Major Crimes Unit became involved in a lengthy investigation.

   
After determining that the cause of death was as a result of blunt trauma and obtaining suspect information, investigators arrested Oliver James OKEMOW, 39 years-old on December 21, 2014 and charged him with Manslaughter due to his alleged involvement.
   
The investigation continued.
   
On September 13, 2016, a second suspect wanted by police turned himself into police.
   
Lionel BRANCONNIER, 51 years old has been charged with Manslaughter due to his alleged involvement.
   
He was remanded into custody.
   
   
Suspicious Vehicle - C16-186899
   
Public Advisory:
   
On September 7, 2016 at 6:55 p.m., a 9 year old girl was walking in the area of the 1100 block of Grant Avenue when she was approached by an unknown male in a vehicle.
   
The male pulled up along-side the girl as she was walking her dog and stated, "Come look at my dog."   
   
The girl felt uncomfortable with the situation and ran home unharmed. She told her parents what occurred and police were notified.  
   
The male is described as: being in his 30's, dark complexion, dark hair, moustache, wearing a black nylon windbreaker.
   
The vehicle is described as: a red 4 door car, no hubcaps, silver and gold rims with rust around the outer edges. A large hockey bag with wheels was observed in the back seat.
   
A small brown and white dog was also observed inside the vehicle.
   
Members of the West District Crime Unit continue to investigate. Anyone with further information regarding the incident or male involved is asked to call 204-986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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

 
 Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:
WPS-PIO@Winnipeg.ca

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