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Winnipeg Police Service

October 22, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Homicide/Officer-Involved Shooting: C19-245521

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

Upon arrival, officers located a deceased adult female inside the residence.  Officers also encountered an adult male, and a confrontation occurred which resulted in an officer-involved shooting. The male was subsequently transported to hospital.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation, and a post-mortem examination has determined the cause of the female’s death to be a homicide. The deceased has been identified as Karen Jane Letniak, a 48-year-old female of Winnipeg.

The male remains in hospital in stable condition and is facing charges. It is believed that the male and the deceased victim were known each other prior to the incident.

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba was notified and has assumed responsibility for the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

The investigation into the death of Karen Jane Letniak 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).

Missing Person - Kailene FIDDLER: R19-68604

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating 17-year-old Kailene Fiddler.   She was last seen on October 14, 2019  in the St. Boniface  area of Winnipeg.

Fiddler is described as Indigenous, 5'4, 130 lbs with dark brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a grey sweater and grey sweatpants.

The Winnipeg Police Service is concerned for Fiddler's wellbeing and is asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250 or Crimestoppers.

Assault with a Weapon – Arrest: C19-247033

On October 19, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a Central District Foot Patrol unit was in the 300 block of Portage Avenue when the observed a male known them as being wanted for an aggravated sexual assault.

As they approached, the male fled on foot and armed himself with a can of bear spray. During an extensive and lengthy foot pursuit, the male sprayed several officers. Officers tried to utilize a conducted electrical weapon (“Taser”), but it was ineffective.

AIR1 was assigned and tracked the male as he fled through the Spence neighbourhood. He was eventually stopped in the area of Ellice Avenue and McMicken Street where he refused to drop the can of bear spray and became aggressive with officers.

During a struggle to take the male into custody, two officers sustained injuries. Several officers were also contaminated with blood from the suspect and will be required to take a series of strong antibiotics and antiretrovirals.

A search of the male resulted in the seizure of a small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

A 23-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Assault with a Weapon (x3)
- Assault Peace Officer (x3)
- Resist Peace Officer
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x2)

He was also processed on outstanding warrants for charges that include:

- Aggravated Assault
- Fail to Comply with Probation

He was detained in custody.

The aggravated sexual assault is in relation to a violent incident that occurred on October 5, 2019, in the Broadway – Assiniboine area to a female known to him.

It has since been determined that during the foot pursuit, an ammunition magazine attached to the duty belt of an officer was damaged. This resulted in the loss of several rounds of service-issued ammunition in the 400 block of Sargent Avenue. The majority of rounds have been recovered, but a small number are still outstanding. If any members of the public come across the ammunition, they are asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service.

Last Update: October 22, 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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