Body found in downtown Winnipeg apartment

Winnipeg has recorded its 28th homicide of the year, after a man's body was found inside a downtown apartment.

Death of Hank Louis Lecoy, 55, is Winnipeg's 28th homicide of 2012

Winnipeg police are investigating the death of Hank Louis Lecoy, 55, whose body was found in an Assiniboine Avneue apartment suite. 1:47

Winnipeg has recorded its 28th homicide of the year, after a man's body was found inside a downtown apartment.

Police say the man, identified as Hank Louis Lecoy, 55, was inside a suite in the 300 block of Assiniboine Avenue.

It appears he sustained upper-body trauma, but police say results of an autopsy are still pending to confirm the cause of death.

Police were called to the scene about midday on Tuesday and members of the identification unit were going in and out of the building through the day and into the evening.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said police are still on the scene interviewing people.

No arrests have yet been made.

Police called to building before

It's not the first time police have been called to the Assiniboine Avenue apartment building, which is owned by Manitoba Housing, in recent weeks.

Manitoba Housing's security division says in the past three months, staff have had to respond to 78 noise and disturbance reports in the building, which houses 138 tenants.

Police were called there at least once a week between August and October, according to Kevin Gamble, the housing agency's head of security.

But Gamble said everything was quiet there in the days before police found Lecoy's body.

"It's very unusual. It's currently a police investigation, so we couldn't really speak about it," Gamble told CBC News.

"We were in shock … once we found out from Winnipeg police that they need to view our evidence that we have in cameras in the property."

Gamble said tenants are calling Manitoba Housing and notifying staff of any problems.

"Now they're taking ownership and responsibility for their communities and their safety and well-being," he said.

Officers were called to the Assiniboine Avenue building on Oct. 17 to deal with an armed man who had barricaded himself inside a 16th-floor suite.

The evening standoff ended peacefully, with the man taken into custody. Police did not release any further details about that incident.