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Winnipeg Police Service

October 18, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Homicide – Arrests: C19-243649

Winnipeg Police Homicide detectives have made two arrests in the October 16, 2019 murder of Neilson Catcheway.

A 14-year-old male and a 13-year-old male were arrested and each charged with one count of Manslaughter. They were detained in custody.

Police are still requesting that the driver of the involved vehicle come forward and speak with investigators.

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

As previously released:
On October 16, 2019, at approximately 12:00 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a male lying on the roadway on Main Street between Higgins Avenue and Sutherland Avenue. Winnipeg Transit drivers assisted by stopping buses and blocking one lane of traffic until police arrived.

An unresponsive adult male was located suffering from injuries consistent with being run over by a vehicle.  North District General Patrol officers began CPR until paramedics arrived. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries. The deceased male has now been identified as Neilson CATCHEWAY, 40, of Winnipeg.

Northbound Main Street was closed several hours as officers investigated.

The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit has now assumed responsibility for this investigation.

It has been determined that the male had been assaulted before falling from the train overpass onto Main Street. The male was then struck by a northbound vehicle.

Investigators are asking for the driver of this vehicle to come forward to police. The investigation is in its early stages but investigators hope to be able to provide additional information in the coming days.


Break & Enter – Arrest: C19-244661

On October 17, 2019, at approximately 4:50 a.m., a 64-year-old female employee had arrived at her workplace in the 100 block of Henry Avenue when she was confronted by an agitated male. The male attempted to enter the business and pushed the female employee, causing her to fall backwards and strike her head.

Another employee, a 38-year-old male, arrived and challenged the suspect. The suspect then chased the male employee down Henry Street, at which time a Central District General Patrol unit was flagged down.

The officers confronted the suspect who was uncooperative and attempted to flee. The suspect was pursued to the area of George Avenue and Edwin Street where he turned at officers and assumed a fighting stance. Officers deployed oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, but it did not appear to affect the male.

A conducted electrical weapon (“Taser”) was used, and the male began to kick officers as they attempted to handcuff him. During the struggle, an officer sustained a serious injury to his hand. The suspect was eventually taken into custody and was transported to hospital due to his agitated state.

The 64-year-old female employee suffered an injury and was treated in hospital. The 38-year-old male employee was uninjured.

Jake Richard Ambridge, a 26-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit Assault – Place
- Assault Cause Bodily Harm
- Assault
- Assault a Peace Officer
- Resist Peace Officer

He was detained in custody.


Homicide/Officer-Involved Shooting: C19-245521

On October 18, 2019, at 8:00 a.m., East District General Patrol officers responded to a Domestic incident in the 300 block of Riverton Avenue.

Upon arriving officers encountered an adult male at the residence. A confrontation occurred and as a result the male was shot by police. He was transported to hospital where he remains.

Arriving officers also located a deceased adult female and are treating this as a homicide.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU) has been notified and has assumed responsibility for the investigation of the officer-involved shooting. The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit has assumed responsibility for the investigation of the deceased female victim.


Last Update: October 19, 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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