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June 3, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

2019 Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run 

This year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is internationally celebrating its 38th anniversary. It is the largest public awareness and grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics globally.

The LETR engages law enforcement worldwide. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.

Throughout June, the LETR for Special Olympics Manitoba will make its way across the province beginning in Winnipeg on June 3, 2019, at Winnipeg Police HQ (245 Smith St.) at 11:30 a.m. and concluding at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Local law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes will continue to escort the torch and its “Flame of Home” through Manitoba communities to raise awareness of Special Olympics and its year-round sports, health, and fitness programs and to inspire inclusion and acceptance for people of all abilities.

Over the years the LETR has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms including Polar Plunges, The Truck Convoy for Special Olympics, and more. Since its inception in 1988, the Manitoba LETR has raised over $3,600,000 for Special Olympics, contributing to the more than $63 million raised in Canada to date. 

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Homicide – Update: C19-123494

As previously released:

On June 2, 2019, at approximately 4:35 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Arlington Street and Notre Dame Avenue for the report of an assault.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured adult male. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.


The deceased victim has been identified as Justin Silicz, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Suspicious Death – Investigation: C19-123267

On June 1, 2019, at approximately 10:50 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a residence in the 500 block of Manitoba Avenue for reports of a fire.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel encountered heavy flames and smoke from within the residence. Two occupants of the residence had self-evacuated from the residence prior to emergency personnel arrival. One occupant was assessed by paramedics and was transported to hospital in stable condition. A deceased male in his 60’s was located inside the residence.

The cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious in nature.

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).

Serious Motor Vehicle Collision – Arrest: C18-270916

As previously released:

On December 7, 2018, at approximately 12:55 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of a collision involving a vehicle near the intersection of Pembina Highway and Ducharme Avenue.

Four male youths, including the driver, were transported to hospital and have since been treated and released. One male youth was transported to hospital in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable condition.

It is believed that the vehicle, a white 4-door sedan, had been travelling southbound on Pembina Highway. Investigators are working to determine if speed played a role in the collision.

A second vehicle, a black 2-door sedan, may have been travelling with the white sedan on Pembina Highway and later stopped at the scene of the collision. Investigators have since spoken with the occupants of that vehicle.


Traffic Division investigators have determined that speed played a role during the incident. It is believed that the white 4-door sedan reached speeds well in excess of 100 km/h in areas where the speed limit varies between 50 km/h and 60 km/h.

One occupant of the vehicle, a 17-year-old, suffered serious injuries during the collision that required lengthy and extended treatment at a hospital.

During the afternoon of June 2, 2019, the driver of the white 4-door sedan attended the Winnipeg Police Service HQ building where he was placed under arrest.

An 18-year-old male of Winnipeg faces charges of:

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

He was released on a Promise to Appear.

The Traffic Division continues to investigate the incident.


  • Last Update: June 3, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
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Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
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