July 3, 2020 Media Release

Shootings – Arrest: C20-152669

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service have charged a 14-year-old male for four recent shootings, including a homicide on Canada Day.

As previously released:

  • On July 1, 2020, at about 2:27 a.m., an injured 44-year-old male was found on Balmoral Street near Cumberland Avenue. The male had been struck by a vehicle, but it was later determined that he had been shot beforehand. The male remains in a hospital in critical but stable condition.
  • At about 3:15 a.m., a 27-year-old female and an 18-year-old male were walking in the 400 block of Flora Avenue when they were shot. The female succumbed to her injuries immediately, and the male was transported to a hospital where he remains in stable condition.
  • On July 2, 2020, at about 12:35 a.m., officers responded to The Forks after two males were injured. A 40-year-old male was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital where he remains in stable condition.

Members of the Homicide Unit and Major Crimes Unit began investigating each incident.

Yesterday, a suspect was identified, and investigators determined the three shootings were likely related. In addition, during the course of the investigation, a fourth (unreported) shooting was discovered to have occurred in the 100 block of Isabel Street between the first two incidents. An unidentified female, in the company of an unidentified male, is believed to have been shot at and subsequently left the area on foot.

At approximately 4 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody in the North Kildonan area. Soon after, a firearm was recovered. It is believed that this firearm was the one used during the incidents and that none of the victims knew the shooter.

A 14-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Attempt to Commit Murder Using a Firearm
  • Attempt to Commit Murder
  • Aggravated Assault (x2)
  • Assault with a Weapon (x2)
  • Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order
  • Discharge a Firearm with Intent (x3)
  • Fail to Comply with Sentence

He was detained in custody.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit and the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators, including details about the fourth shooting that was unreported, is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Water Incident: C20-155035

Update on July 5, 2020:

We regret to inform the public that 9-year-old Darius Bezecki has been located deceased in the Red River.

As previously released on July 3, 2020:

Earlier today, at 4:37 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of an individual in distress in the Red River in the vicinity of the Louise Bridge. Members of the Winnipeg Police Service were also assigned.

Soon after, the individual was identified as a 9-year-old boy. It is believed that the child entered the water on the north side of the Red River, west of the Louise Bridge; however, it has not been confirmed at this time.

WFPS water rescue units were deployed, as well as the WFPS Drone with thermal imaging technology. Additional apparatus and crews, along with numerous WPS units, were staged downstream to assist with visuals.

WFPS crews were unable to locate the individual, and command of the scene was turned over to WPS.

Members of the WPS continued the search with a WPS Drone using thermal imaging technology and a zoom camera. WPS River Patrol members were also on scene along with General Patrol officers.

With the family’s permission, we are identifying the 9-year-old boy as Darius Bezecki and providing an image of him as there is a possibility that he may have exited the water.

Officers remain assigned to the matter, and the WPS Underwater Search & Recovery Unit will resume the search of the river tomorrow morning.

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