October 11, 2020 Media Release

WPS Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

A member of the Winnipeg Police Service has advised they have tested positive for COVID-19. The officer works in the Service Centre at the downtown Headquarters Building at 245 Smith Street.

The Service Centre is where the public report crimes in person and obtain criminal record checks or non-criminal fingerprinting.

The affected member worked in the Service Centre area on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, as well as the morning of Monday, October 5.

Public health investigations to identify individuals who may have been exposed begin after a confirmed laboratory test. Anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted by public health officials and provided instructions on next steps.

The Winnipeg Police Service has previously implemented numerous safety precautions at station duty, including the installation of glass barriers and requiring that personnel wear masks.

To limit contact with police personnel, the public is encouraged to consider online options for reporting crimes or starting a criminal record check request.

Homicide – Investigation: C20-241670

On October 11, 2020, at 7:24 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residence in the 400 block of Atlantic Avenue for a report of an injured male.

Upon arrival, officers located a male suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.

The deceased victim has been identified as Gerald Justin Hamelin, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg.

This investigation 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).

Homicide – Arrest: C20-227158

As previously released on September 28, 2020:

On September 23, 2020, at 9:10 p.m., an adult male was involved in an altercation in front of a residence in the 100 block of Kate Street with an unknown suspect. During the incident, a weapon was produced, and the victim was stabbed. The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition.

On September 25, he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased victim has been identified as Zachary Paul Rae, an 18-year-old male of Winnipeg.


On October 6, 2020, Homicide Unit investigators arrested a male suspect.

It is believed that the victim and suspect were both known to each other, and had been involved in an argument just prior to the homicide.

A 17-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Manslaughter
- Fail to Comply with Sentence (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x3)

He was detained in custody.


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