July 20, 2021 Media Release

Firearm – Arrest: C21-167159

On July 19, 2021, just after midnight, East District General Patrol officers, while patrolling in the Elmwood neighbourhood, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 block of Talbot Avenue. Five occupants were in the vehicle, and a machete was sitting in plain view. All five of the individuals were placed under arrest, and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a backpack containing an improvised firing device with ammunition, as well as additional .22 calibre ammunition. 

Four adult females and one adult male, all of Winnipeg, were charged with numerous firearms and weapon-related offences. 

The adult male and three adult females were detained in custody, while one of the females was released on an Undertaking. 

Improvised firing devices can be extremely dangerous for both the user or a potential victim. Unlike commercially manufactured firearms, these weapons are pieced together and not safely engineered, making them unpredictable and potentially deadly.

Utter Threats – Arrest: C21-167537

On July 19, 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service received numerous reports from concerned citizens regarding threatening posts that were being made on social media. The posts expressed contempt for women derided as “feminists” and towards Winnipeg Police members. The suspect also posted an online threat to kill an individual who directly responded to his posts with disdain. 

An investigation was commenced by East District General Patrol officers, where a suspect was identified and arrested. The Major Crimes Unit followed up with the investigation, and Justin Peter BODNARCHUK, 39, of Winnipeg, was charged with Utter Threats to Kill or Cause Bodily Harm x 3. 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