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Winnipeg Police Service

October 30, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Firearms Investigation – Arrest: R19-55398

In July 2019, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted a prohibited firearm suppressor that had been sent from China to an address in Winnipeg. The CBSA Criminal Investigations Unit notified the Winnipeg Police Service’s Firearm Investigation and Enforcement Unit (FIEU) that began an investigation.

On October 16, 2019, members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Tactical Support Team, with the assistance of the FIEU, Guns & Gangs Unit, East District Station and CBSA, executed two Criminal Code search warrants at a residence in the first 100 block of Almond Bay.

An adult male was arrested for possession of numerous fully automatic, prohibited, unregistered and restricted firearms along with ammunition.

A search of the residence led to the seizure of 73 firearms and includes the following:

- Heckler & Koch M1 Super 90 shotgun,
- Finnish M44 submachine gun,
- Sterling L34A1 submachine gun,
- FN PS90 rifle and suppressor,
- CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol,
- Thompson 1928A1 submachine gun,
- Browning Automatic Rifle FN Type D machine gun,
- Kalashnikov AK47 rifle,
- Ingram M11 submachine gun,
- Intratec Tec-22 handgun,
- Glock 18 handgun and suppressor,
- Browning Machine Gun M1950 FN machine gun,
- Bren Gun Mark 1M machine gun,
- Norinco MAK-90 rifle,
- German Machine Gun MG15 machine gun,
- Walther PPS handgun,
- Smith & Wesson 637-2 revolver.

In addition, investigators seized:

- Excess of 10,000 rounds of ammunition,
- Approximately 40 prohibited high-capacity magazines,
- Three prohibited suppressors,
- Numerous exploding targets and pyrotechnics,
- Two body armour pieces.

Andrew Michael Krywonizka, a 41-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Unauthorized Importing of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon, Prohibited    Device or Ammunition
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations (x3)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x2)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (x26)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition (x10)
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime (x26)
- Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
- Possess Body Armour Without a Valid Permit or in a Manner Inconsistent With The Valid Permit (The Body Armour and Fortified Vehicle Control Act)

He was detained in custody.

The Winnipeg Police Service believes strongly in working in collaboration with other Law Enforcement Partners to achieve our common goal. We would like to thank the Canada Border Services Agency, as well as the National Weapons Enforcement Support Teams (NWEST) for their assistance with this investigation.


Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Halloween Safety Tips

The Winnipeg Police Service and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service are encouraging citizens to make Halloween a safe and enjoyable occasion.

Crews continue to clean up tree debris from the storm earlier this month. Please be aware of fallen trees and branches on the ground, and broken or damaged trees, when travelling around the city. For more information about what to do if you see broken branches at risk of falling, please visit http://winnipeg.ca/stormresponse.

Here are some general safety tips for everyone to consider:

  • Try to trick-or-treat when it is still light outside.
  • Wear a bright, reflective costume made of flame-resistant material.
  • Carry a flashlight and use glow sticks or reflective tape as part of your costume. Encourage children to stay away from open flames.
  • Ensure children know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Why not use make-up instead of a mask? Masks can shift and obscure vision.
  • To prevent falls, ensure costumes fit well and aren't too long and don't have too much loose material.
  • Young children should trick-or-treat with a responsible adult.
  • Older children should trick-or-treat as a group and stay together.
  • Plan your trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Pick well-lit streets.
  • Stay on sidewalks, look left, right, and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners and crosswalks; never cross between parked cars or in the middle of the block.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Never enter the home or vehicle of a stranger.
  • Discuss with your children the route they will be travelling and what time they are required to return home.
  • Only eat treats that have been examined by a guardian.
  • Choking occurs most frequently among children under two years of age but can happen at any age. Eating while playing, running, jumping, or talking increases the likelihood of choking.
  • ATTENTION DRIVERS! Children will be very excited, and their actions could be sudden and unpredictable. Exercise caution and Just Slow Down.

Your home for Halloween:

  • Make sure your home is well lit, your yard clear and safe, and pets are secured, so no harm comes to them or the children.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a Jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are supervised when candles are lit.
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Children should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins.

A safe and happy Halloween to everyone!


Assault with a Weapon – Investigation: C19-255700

On October 30, 2019, at approximately 2:35 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a residence in the 300 block of Pritchard for a report of a child that had been seriously assaulted.

Upon arrival, a 3-year-old male child was located suffering from significant upper body injuries. The child was transported to hospital in critical condition where he remains at this time.

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).


Last Update: October 30, 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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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