December 10, 2021 Media Release

Homicide – Investigation: C21-287269

On December 9, 2021, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Winnipeg Police Tactical Support Team members and General Patrol Units responded to a report of a male shot in the street near the intersection of Stella Avenue and McGregor Street.

Responding officers located the victim, an adult male. He was transported to hospital in critical condition, however, he succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Weapons – Arrest: C21-287085

On December 9, 2021, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to Selkirk Avenue and Sgt Tommy Prince Street for the report of an adult male smashing windows on a Transit bus.

The accused was denied entry onto a bus for not wearing a facial covering. He used an axe to smash out a bus window and fled the area. Police located the accused in the 200 block of Pritchard Avenue and took him into custody.

Earlier, police received a separate report about damage to a vehicle in November. The same suspect was believed to be involved in both incidents. 

Franklin John Junior BITTERN, 24, of Winnipeg, was charged with the following offences:

- Possession of a Weapon
- Mischief Under $5,000 x2
- Fail to Comply with Conditions of Release Order x 4
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.

Motor Vehicle Collision – Arrest: C21-267978

On November 16, 2021, at approximately 12:15 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the area of Donald Street and Portage Avenue for a report of a vehicle that had stuck a skywalk overpass.

A commercial dump truck with a raised bed had been travelling south when the collision occurred. The skywalk was damaged, and the truck driver was transported to a hopsital due to injuries he sustained. No other motorists or pedestrians were injured.

Damages to the skywalk were estimated to be over $100,000 and resulted in vehicle/pedestrian traffic disruption for approximately 48 hours. The collision also resulted in severe damage to the truck, making it inoperable for further use.

Members of the Traffic Division continued with the investigation.

On December 9, 2021, a 67-year-old male of Winnipeg was issued Provincial Offences Act notices for four offences:

- HTA 189.1(1) Damage Highway
- HTA 186(3) As a driver - fail to wear seat belt/improperly wear seat belt
- MR 31/2019 6.1 Improper Equipment or Operation of Equipment
- MR 95/2008 18(1) Vehicle must not be driven or towed with major defect


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