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Man dead after several people tried to fight off knife-wielding attacker in West Broadway: police

A man in his 50s is dead after being stabbed during a random incident in the West Broadway area Friday night, bringing the number of homicides in Winnipeg this year to 22. 

Police have arrested 34-year-old in connection with death of man in his 50s after Friday night stabbing

Officers could be seen investigating near the intersection of Sherbrook Street and Sara Avenue on Friday night. A 34-year-old man has been arrested following a fatal stabbing in the area, Winnipeg police say. (Travis Golby/CBC )

A man in his 50s is dead after being stabbed during a random incident in the West Broadway area Friday night, bringing the number of homicides in Winnipeg this year to 22 — the same number the city saw in all of 2018.

Winnipeg police say they responded to a report of a fight involving several males near Sherbrook Street and Sara Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. 

A Sherbrook Street condominium building was surrounded by police tape Friday night. (Travis Golby/CBC )

But when they arrived, officers found a number of people trying to fend off an aggressive male with a knife, said Const. Rob Carver, a police spokesperson. 

Officers found one man had been stabbed in the upper body and immediately began administering first aid, according to a Saturday news release.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance but died from his injuries, police said.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing. Charges have not yet been laid and police have not released the identities of either the suspect or the victim.

Carver said police don't believe the attack was related to methamphetamine use at this time. 

On Friday night, a condominium building in the area was surrounded by police tape. Behind tape, medical supplies and bloody gauze were strewn across the ground. 

Medical supplies and police tape could be seen outsidethe Sherbrook Street building late Friday night. (Travis Golby/CBC )

Investigating officers are looking to speak with the driver of a white SUV who stopped and offered to help around the time of the incident, police said Saturday.

Carver said police think the driver could have information that might be helpful to them. 

The driver, or anyone else with information that might help the investigation, can contact the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6219, or submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

City reaches 2018's homicide number 

In 2018, Winnipeg ended the year with 22 homicides. 

From 2007-16, Statistics Canada says the city averaged 29 homicides per year. 

The city set a record in 2011 with 41 homicides. But by the end of May 2011, only 16 homicides had been recorded. 

When a woman was killed in Winnipeg's 18th homicide of 2019, police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray said the city didn't reach that threshold last year until November. 

2019 homicides to date: 

  1. Jan. 1: Adam Martin.
  2. Jan. 7: Dexter Cortavista Dejarisco.
  3. Jan. 9: Eunjee Kim.
  4. Feb. 6: Anthony Brian Cromastey.
  5. Feb. 6: Rodney Albert Kirton.
  6. March 3: Jaime Adao
  7. March 8: Warren Stewart Nabess
  8. March 12: Brett Anthony Cadieux. 
  9. March 16: John Gabriel
  10. March 17: William Lewis Paul
  11. March 26: Lise Danais
  12. April 15: Yazan Alhorani
  13. April 19: Joselito Fernandez.
  14. May 5: Dylan Brian Hanchar
  15. May 11: Calvin Chan
  16. May 21: Jessie Robert David Catterson.
  17. May 24: Pedram Roshaeian
  18. May 25: Shaylnne Hunter
  19. May 27: Dorian Sanderson
  20. June 1: Hubert Wilson McKay
  21. June 2: Justin Silicz
  22. June 7: unknown male 

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