Manitoba

Soldier charged in slaying of Manitoba man

A Canadian soldier from CFB Shilo has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man in Brandon, Man.

A Canadian soldier from CFB Shilo has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man in Brandon, Man.

Jason John Ouimet, 28, was charged after being arrested on Thursday, according to Brandon police.

Ouimet, a gunner with the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, arrived in Shilo in the fall of 2009 and has never been deployed on operations, said Lori Truscott, spokesperson for CFB Shilo.

"Whether or not he will face disciplinary or administrative repercussions from the military has not yet been determined," she added.

"We will await further information and evidence from these civilian court proceedings prior to determining what actions are warranted.

"We will not make further comments on this matter to avoid prejudicing the continuing investigation and Gunner Ouimet's rights to procedural fairness."

Duane John Lacquette's body was found inside a residence in the 3600 block of Centennial Drive on the evening of Jan. 16.

He failed to show up for work and his body was discovered when people went looking for him, police said.

An autopsy revealed Lacquette, 21, died of blunt force injuries to his upper body.

CFB Shilo is about 35 kilometres east of Brandon and about 170 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

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