WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Police Service says it’s investigating the death of a man who was found injured at a home in the city’s North End as a homicide.
Investigators say they responded to an address on Mountain Ave. between Salter and Main Streets and joined members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service who were already on the scene administering emergency medical care. The victim was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Police have identified the victim as 40-year-old Angus John Maple.
The WPS Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation, and anyone with information that can help solve the case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Meanwhile, a new report by Statistics Canada says police reported 743 homicides last year — the highest number in 30 years, and an increase of 56 homicides over 2019. Canada’s homicide rate went up by seven per cent, reaching 1.95 per 100,000 people, the highest the country has seen since 2005.
But StatCan notes despite an increase in homicides involving guns, a drop in rates of gang-related homicides in Winnipeg and Manitoba contributed to the sharpest year-over-year decrease in that category in nearly ten years, with Manitoba police reporting six fewer gang-related homicides, and the Winnipeg Police Service reporting four fewer homicides last year.