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Winnipeg Police Service

June 21, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

 

"999", Another First for Winnipeg, Celebrates 60 Years

On June 21, 1959, Winnipeg became the first city in North America to adopt a 3-digit emergency number, which at the time was 9-9-9.  In the early years, two operators were on duty 24/7 to handle the approximate 300 calls per day that were received on the switchboard.

Before 1959, the public had to know a multitude of emergency numbers throughout 16 different municipalities in Greater Winnipeg.  9-9-9 was a single point of contact which replaced 32 different phone numbers.  This easy-to-remember number allowed the citizens of Winnipeg to speak with a switchboard operator who could immediately connect the caller to the appropriate police, ambulance, or fire resources.

In 1975, Winnipeg changed the emergency number to 9-1-1 to mirror what was then becoming a North American standard.  The switchboard was used until 1990 when it was replaced with an updated communications network.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank all of the personnel who have worked in the 999 / 911 Communications Centre over the last 60 years, providing a lifeline to the citizens of Winnipeg 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Commercial Robbery – Arrest: C19-140073

On June 19, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the Liquor Mart in the 300 block of Ellice Avenue for a report of a robbery that had just occurred by a male armed with what was described as a firearm by an employee and customers.

A short time later, officers observed the suspect in the same 300 block of Ellice Avenue. The suspect produced what was believed to be a firearm from his waistband, adopted a shooting stance and pointed it at officers from approximately 75 feet away.

Officers assessed whether or not lethal force was justified, but determined there was an increased risk to the public if they discharged their service firearms.

Other units arrived soon after and subdued the suspect, taking him into custody. A search of the male resulted in the seizure of a bicycle pump and a bottle of stolen liquor.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

Andrew Claude Scott, a 40-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x2)

He was detained in custody.


Firearms – Arrests: C19-138311

On June 19, 2019, members of the Central District Community Support Unit executed a Criminal Code search warrant for a residence in the 500 block of Furby Street.

Four individuals were taken into custody, and the investigation has led to the seizure of a number of items including the following:

- Several improvised firing devices in various stages of completion
- Several parts for the manufacturing of improvised firing devices
- Identification documents and a retail membership card (unlawfully possessed)

One person was found to be in possession of a syringe loaded with morphine.

William Beaulieu, a 38-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Weapons Trafficking
- Possession of an Identity Document (x6)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x2)

Clifford Jordan Beaulieu, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Weapons Trafficking
- Possession of an Identity Document (x6)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)

Jeannine Danielle McKinney, a 27-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Morphine
- Weapons Trafficking
- Possession of an Identity Document (x6)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

Tina Louise Malcolm, a 43-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice

She was also processed on an outstanding warrant for:

- Fail to Appear – Promise to Appear

They were detained in custody.


Firearm – Arrest: C19-140890

On June 20, 2019, at approximately 2:35 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 600 block of Guelph Street for a report of a firearm on the roof of a residence.

A short time later, an occupant exited the rear of the residence and was safely taken into custody.

The firearm was retrieved and found to be a single-shot 12 gauge shotgun.

Alviso Carmine Lanzelotti, a 53-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)

He was detained in custody.


  • Last Update: June 23, 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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