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Winnipeg Police Service

May 5, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Serious Motor Vehicle Collision – Arrest: C18-189657

On August 30, 2018, at approximately 9:25 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle collision involving two pedestrians in the area of Keewatin Street and Santa Fe Drive.

An adult female was transported to hospital in critical condition and continues to receive treatment for her serious injuries. An adult male was transported to hospital in unstable condition and was upgraded to stable condition where he remained for a lengthy recovery.

Members of the Traffic Division attended the incident and conducted a reconstruction of the collision. Officers also met with the driver of the vehicle who had remained at the scene.

An investigation has determined that the two pedestrians had been walking westbound across a nearby crosswalk when they were struck by a southbound vehicle. Speed of the vehicle is believed to be a factor in the collision.

On May 4, 2019, the driver of the vehicle attended the Winnipeg Police Service HQ and was placed under arrest. A 65-year-old male of Winnipeg faces charges of:

- Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Cause Bodily Harm (x2)

He was released on an Appearance Notice.


Firearm – Arrests: C19-97122

On May 4, 2019, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service began to receive numerous calls that a male was armed with a gun inside a bar/club in the 1100 block of Arlington Street.

AIR1 arrived almost immediately and provided support as Central District General Patrol officers, a K9 Unit and members of the Tactical Support Team attended. Officers met with staff who advised that the male with the gun had fled and may have been in the company of a second male.

Soon after, AIR1 spotted a male running in a rear lane of Alexander Avenue. Officers were directed to the male, and he was taken into custody while attempting to hide in a yard within the 800 block of Alexander Avenue. A loaded 9mm handgun was also recovered.

The second male later returned to the establishment and was placed under arrest after he was recognized by staff. A search of this male resulted in the seizure of a knife and three small bags of a substance believed to be cocaine.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation. It is believed that the two males had attempted to leave the establishment while carrying alcoholic drinks they had purchased inside. Security staff stopped them, at which time an altercation ensued, and one of the males produced a loaded handgun. He then pointed the firearm at an employee before fleeing.

The two males, aged 18 and 22, remain in police custody and face a number of charges for their involvement in the incident.

Update:

Brock James Swampy, a 22-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Pointing a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

Braedon Lee Gordon, an 18-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Assault
- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x4)

Gordon was also processed on two outstanding warrants for charges of:

- Fail to Comply with Sentence (x2)

Both were detained in custody.


Homicide – Investigation: C19-97365

On May 5, 2019, at approximately 3:40 a.m., West District General Patrol officers responded to the report of a disturbance in an apartment building within the 1000 block of Taylor Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive adult male inside a suite. The male was transported to critical condition and has since succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Stolen Vehicle/Assault Police Officer – Arrest: C19-96751

On May 4, 2019, at approximately 2:05 p.m., a West District General Patrol unit was flagged down in the area of Ross Avenue and Isabel Street by a group of individuals who advised that a male was trying to steal a nearby vehicle. The male was seen inside the vehicle with a screwdriver and had started to kick at the windshield.

The officers were led to the 200 block of Isabel Street where they located the male inside the vehicle. Attempts were made to take the male into custody; however, he locked the vehicle doors and refused to exit. The owner of the vehicle eventually unlocked the car and officers continued to ask the male to exit, but the male again refused.

As officers attempted to remove the male, he began to fight with them. A conducted energy weapon (“Taser”) was used in an attempt to gain compliance from the male who continued to act aggressively. During the struggle, the male grabbed hold of the conducted energy weapon and was able to engage the device continuously. The device was later pushed into the face of one of the officers where it made contact twice.

The male was eventually taken into custody and was transported to hospital where he was treated and released. It is believed that recent drug use may have played a role in the incident. Both officers later attended a hospital for treatment of injuries they sustained.

Rodney Alvin Meeches, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Theft of Motor Vehicle
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment
- Disarming a Peace Officer
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon
- Assault a Peace Officer Causing Bodily Harm

He has been detained in custody.


  • Last Update: May 5, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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