April 20, 2022 Media Release

Homicide – Investigation: C22-79438

Previously the Winnipeg Police Service issued a media release about a homicide on April 18, 2022, in the 700 block of Sargent Avenue due to a shooting.

The deceased has now been identified as Ira Hayes DISBROWE, a 26-year-old male of Winnipeg.

The Homicide Unit continues to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Suspicious Death – Investigation: C22-80520

This morning at approximately 6:30 a.m., Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to an active fire at a two-storey residence in the 600 block of Flora Avenue. A deceased adult male was located within the residence.  

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit is investigating this suspicious death.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Drug Trafficking – Arrest: C22-78496

In April of 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service investigated a known drug trafficker conducting illegal activity within the City of Winnipeg.

The Guns and Gangs Unit members continued the investigation and obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 600 block of Main Street.

On April 17, members of the Guns and Gangs Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Unit, executed the search warrant and arrested a male at this location.

The following items were located and seized within the residence:

  • Approximately 1.5 Kilograms of Methamphetamine ($21,000 approximate street value)
  • Canadian Currency (packaged in bundles)
  • Packaging materials and drug paraphernalia
  • Sig Sauer Airsoft Handgun

Vincent URNIEZUS, 52, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following charges:

  • Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Firearms Prohibition Order x 3

URNIEZUS remains in custody.

Drug Trafficking – Arrest: C22-77689

In March of 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service investigated a known drug trafficker conducting illegal activity within the City of Winnipeg.

Members of the Guns and Gangs Unit continued the investigation and obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 600 block of Manhattan Avenue.

On April 17, members of the Guns and Gangs Unit, with the assistance of the East District Community Support and Tactical Support Units, executed the search warrant and arrested a male within the residence.

The following items were located and seized within the residence:

  • $10,000 in Canadian currency
  • Approximately 65 grams of crack cocaine ($6500 estimated street value)
  • Packaging materials and drug paraphernalia

A 25-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

The male was released on a Promise to Appear.


Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca