January 19, 2022 Media Release

Homicide – Investigation: C22-12105

On January 17, 2022, at approximately 7:15 p.m., General Patrol members from the North District responded for suspicious circumstances reported at an apartment in the 800 block of Main Street.

Officers located a seriously injured male and provided emergency medical care. He was transported to hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Homicide Unit took over the investigation, and the deceased has been identified as Joseph Matthew MYRAN, 36, of Winnipeg.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-TIPS

Aggravated Assault – Arrest: C22-11519

Update:

Investigators from the Major Crimes Unit have made an arrest in an assault/home invasion that occurred on January 17, 2022. A 17-year-old male was arrested on January 18 and faces the following charges:
- Aggravated Assault x 2
- Break & Enter to Commit Aggravated Assault x 2
- Break & Enter to Commit Robbery x 2

He was detained in custody.

As previously released:

On January 17, 2022, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of a stabbing at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Maryland Street.

Police located two adult males inside the complex, seriously injured and losing blood. Officers performed emergency medical care until paramedics arrived, and both victims in their twenties were transported to hospital in critical condition. They were later upgraded to stable condition.

A scene was located in one of the suites, and the investigation was turned over to the Major Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS.

Homicide – Arrest: C21-275286/C21-287269

Update:

The Winnipeg Police Service previously issued a release regarding Thunder Lightning FONTAINE being wanted for two murders: Angus Maple (November 24, 2021) and Anthony James SINCLAIR (December 9, 2021). Investigators identified a second suspect Tim Lecoy MAPLE for the murder of Angus Maple.

These homicides are not considered to be related.

On January 18, 2022, at approximately 1:30 a.m., FONTAINE was arrested during a foot chase. General Patrol officers observed a vehicle driving without plates. After a brief period of time, they again observed the vehicle, now parked in the 500 block of Stella Avenue.

As officers arrived, the vehicle's occupants, including FONTAINE, jumped out, and police engaged in a short foot pursuit, and FONTAINE was taken into custody.

Investigators identified and arrested the second suspect for the murder of Angus Maple.

Thunder Lightning FONTAINE, 22, of Winnipeg, was charged with First Degree Murder (Angus Maple) and Second Degree Murder (Anthony Sinclair) as well as firearms-related offences. He was detained in custody.

Tim Lecoy MAPLE, 33, of Winnipeg, was charged with Second Degree Murder (Angus Maple) and remains in custody.

As previously released:

On November 24, 2021, at approximately 8:15 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to an apartment suite in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue for a report of a male that had been injured. The victim, Angus John Maple, a 40-year-old male, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased, and it was determined that he had been shot.

On December 9, 2021, at approximately  7:15 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the intersection of Stella Avenue and McGregor Street for a report of a male who had been shot. Officers located the victim, Anthony James Sinclair, a 35-year-old male, and he was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Arson – Arrest: C22-12817

On January 18, 2022, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol units responded to a report of a serious domestic situation unfolding in an apartment block in the 300 block of Sutton Avenue. The caller advised that a male was at that location; he had been violent in the past, was known to abuse drugs and alcohol, and had knives. Officers were also made aware that the male may have access to firearms. Additional calls were received from neighbours who feared for the safety of the female resident.

The suspect appeared to be attempting to start a fire within the suite and was confirmed to be armed with knives and a machete. He refused repeated commands to leave the suite, and officers could not determine if the victim had managed to flee safely. At approximately 8:50 p.m., the situation was declared an Armed & Barricaded, resulting in numerous WPS units being deployed to assist, including multiple General Patrol units, K9, the Tactical Support Team, and crews from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. WFPS crews began efforts to fight the fire, and all other occupants of the block were evacuated. Winnipeg Transit was contacted to provide buses to shelter the residents.

At 9:40 p.m., WPS Critical Incident Command was activated to coordinate the police response, including Crisis Negotiators. Additional WPS resources were required to relieve officers who suffered smoke inhalation. For the safety of all occupants, officers began an evacuation of the apartment block, which required buses from Winnipeg Transit to be brought to the scene. Due to the cold, additional WPS units were called out to relieve officers at the scene.

At 1:10 a.m., officers entered the suite, deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) and took the suspect into custody.

A 30-year-old male faces 26 charges. He remains in custody.

The Sutton Avenue incident is the third incident in the last week where WPS required the deployment of the Critical Incident Command team. On January 10, Incident Command was brought to an event in the 400 block of Anderson Avenue to facilitate the peaceful resolution of the incident and arrest a homicide suspect.

On January 12, the Critical  Incident Command was also activated for an event in the 500 block of Manitoba Avenue. Again, a homicide suspect was arrested without injury.

In each case, upwards of thirty WPS officers were dispatched, including significant resources from other City of Winnipeg departments (Fire, TEMS, Paramedics, Transit) to ensure the safe resolution of these violent incidents.


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