March 28, 2021 Media Release

Weapons – Arrest: C21-68502

On March 27, 2021, at 2:32 p.m., a Winnipeg Police Service unit was travelling in the area of Notre Dame Avenue and Carlton Street when they heard several gunshots. A male was subsequently seen chasing another male with a handgun near Qu’Appelle Avenue and Carlton Street.

Officers gave chase to the male with the firearm, who tried to discard the weapon during the foot pursuit. He was safely taken into custody soon after, and the handgun was recovered.

A short time later, the other male was located in a taxi cab at the rear of the 300 block of Portage Avenue. He was found to be suffering from gunshot injuries. Officers immediately began to administer first aid, and a firearm was recovered from the taxi. He was transported to hospital in unstable condition but was later upgraded to stable condition.

Khadar Yasim Nur, a 27-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Discharge a Firearm with Intent
- Unauthorized Poss of a Firearm
- Aggravated Assault
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing Serial Number has been Tampered With
- Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Pointing a Firearm
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm

He was detained.

The other male remains in police custody in hospital and faces firearm-related charges.

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).

Assault with a Weapon – Investigation: C21-68690

On March 27, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 1100 block of Arlington Street for a report of a male that had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male in his 30’s suffering from gunshot injuries. He was subsequently transported to hopsital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition.

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).

Wanted Male – Public Assistance Requested: R21-10166

Members of the Major Crimes Unit are asking the public for their assistance with locating Matthew Adam Gibbs, a 37-year-old male, who is believed to be responsible for break & enter and theft-related incidents in Winnipeg.

Gibbs is described as white, 5’9” in height, approx. 155 lbs in weight with a thin build and has blue eyes. He has numerous tattoos on his body and may have blonde/brown-coloured hair.

Major Crimes Unit investigators have obtained two arrest warrants for Gibbs for the following offences:

- Robbery
- Break Enter & Theft – Place (x11)
- Break & Enter with Intent – Place (x1)
- Theft Under $5,000 (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x7)

The offences are believed to have occurred over the past six months and primarily targeted various businesses across the city.

Gibbs is also the subject of a recent arrest warrant from Edmonton for firearm-related offences.

He is considered to be armed and dangerous. The public is cautioned not to approach him. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Additional information that may assist investigators can be relayed to Major Crimes Unit investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Crisis Incident: C21-68429

On March 27, 2021, at 12:06 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the Disraeli Freeway for a person in distress (above the railway area).

Officers immediately shut down traffic in the area and began to communicate with the individual. Members of the Crisis Negotiation Unit attended soon after and assisted.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., after extensive communication, the person left the overpass and met with officers. They were subsequently conveyed to a hospital for help.

The Winnipeg Police Service wishes to remind the public of several resources that can be utilized to help anyone who feels they are in crisis:

- The Klinic Crisis Program operates a variety of crisis phone lines and online support services, providing free and confidential counselling, support and referrals for people who are suicidal, in crisis or struggling to cope. Klinic operates a 24/7 Crisis Line at (204) 786-8686 or toll-free at 1-888-322-3019. More information can be found here: https://klinic.mb.ca/crisis-support/

- The Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line at 1-877-435-7170. The Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line is a toll-free, confidential 24-hour crisis line run by trained crisis counsellors from Klinic Community Health. More information can be found here: https://reasontolive.ca/

Numerous Thefts – Arrest: E21-1725

Members of the Property Crime Unit have arrested a male for numerous theft-related offences.

It is believed that between January 1, 2021, and March 25, 2021, a male suspect attended various Winnipeg locations (primarily dog parks, daycares and cemeteries). The male would often wait until individuals parked and break into vehicles where a wallet or purse had been left behind. He would then steal the contents and make fraudulent purchases at nearby establishments.

There were also three occasions where a suspect entered a house while the occupant was busy outside of the residence and stole contents from within.

A suspect was identified, and on March 25, 2021, he was placed under arrest.

Gregory Francis Courchene, a 49-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Theft Under $5000 (x56),
- Break, Enter, Commit (x3)
- Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Data (x80)

He was detained in custody.

Break & Enter and Weapons – Arrests: C21-68936

On March 28, 2021, at 2:17 a.m., WPS General Patrol officers, along with members of the RCMP, responded to the 500 block of Glenway Avenue (which is on the border of Winnipeg and East St. Paul) for a report of three males going through a shed. One male appeared to be armed with a rifle.

While officers began to search the area, they were assisted by a passing motorist who had seen the suspects go into a nearby backyard.

With the assistance of the WPS K9 Unit, three suspects were taken into custody from three different locations – one hiding beside a shed in the 500 block of Emerson Avenue, another hiding in a yard in the 700 block of Glenway Avenue, and the last one hiding under the steps of a residence in the 700 block of Glenway Avenue.

Officers searching the area also recovered stolen property from a nearby residence and two weapons determined to be air rifles.

Brendan James Jackson, a 22-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Theft – Place
- Possession of a Weapon
- Use of Imitation Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.

A 14-year-old male of Winnipeg faces charges of:

- Break Enter & Theft – Place
- Possession of a Weapon
- Use of Imitation Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence

He was released on an Undertaking.

The third suspect was released without charges.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank the RCMP and the motorist for their assistance.


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