Winnipeg homicides approach 5-year low

Winnipeg is on target to record the fewest number of annual homicides in half a decade.

But no arrests in five high-profile cases

The deaths of Kylie Armishaw (left) and Jeanine Allen remain under investigation by Winnipeg police homicide officers. ((CBC/
Winnipeg is on target to record the fewest number of annual homicides in half a decade.

Currently, there have been 22 confirmed homicides in the city since Jan. 1, eight fewer than in 2009.

If there are no other killings until New Year's Day, that would be the lowest yearly total since 2006, when there were also 22.

The year 2004 represents the one with the highest number of homicides, with 34.

Annual homicide totals

2000: 16

2001: 18

2002: 21

2003: 18

2004: 34

2005: 25

2006: 22

2007: 27

2008: 29

2009: 30

2010: 22 to Dec. 23

City homicide investigators are still probing two other 2010 deaths but have yet to make public any ruling on whether they were victims of homicide. 

On Dec. 9, 32-year-old Jeanine Kerri Allen was found dead in her Kennedy Street apartment. Police said Thursday there were no updates available about their probe into her death and investigators are awaiting a toxicology report. 

As well, the death of Kylie Armishaw, 22, remains an open and active investigation.

Armishaw died in late August from injuries sustained from a fall from an upper-floor balcony at a St. Mary Avenue apartment block.

The last four confirmed homicides in the city — each of them shooting deaths — remain unsolved. The victims were:

  • Daniel Kachkan, 34, died Nov. 1 in his Barber Street home.
  • Ian MacDonald, 52, and Tommy Beardy, 35, died Oct. 23 after being shot just minutes apart in Winnipeg's North End.
  • Tiffany Johnston, 21, died Oct. 10 after being shot outside a Selkirk Avenue home.

Police are also working to identify a suspect in the May 25 death of Kyle Earl, 16. Earl was shot while sitting on the steps of a Toronto Street home.

And although it is still counted as a homicide statistic, a man who killed Ernest Desmarais in self-defence outside a West End home Aug. 12 was not charged with any crime.