July 8, 2022 Media Release

Pursuit/Carjacking – Investigation: C22-149606

On July 6, 2022, at approximately 7:15 p.m., members of the East District Community Support Unit were patrolling near Des Meurons/Goulet when they observed a vehicle listed as stolen being driven by a female westbound on Goulet Street.

The driver took off at a high rate of speed towards Downtown. A short pursuit ensued and was aborted due to the suspect’s manner of driving. The suspect vehicle collided with another vehicle on the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and continued speeding away into St. Boniface. The other vehicle was damaged, but the occupants were not injured. 

Once in the 600 block of Archibald, the suspects (an adult male and female) bailed out of the stolen vehicle and jumped into a second vehicle that had been previously stolen. Police observed the suspects driving the second stolen vehicle, and a subsequent pursuit occurred. The pursuit was aborted quickly when the vehicle began driving the wrong way down Marion Street at a high rate of speed, nearly missing oncoming traffic.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., police units were notified that a carjacking had just occurred at a church parking lot in the 300 block of Munroe Avenue. The elderly victim in her seventies was pulled from her rental vehicle by the same suspects. They drove off in the third stolen vehicle with the victim’s purse. Her credit card was later used at a convenience store. The victim was treated for minor injuries.

Police searched the area, but the suspects were not located.

This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219.

Firearm/Drugs – Arrest: C22-150310

On July 7, 2022, at approximately 12:00 p.m., members of the North District Community Support Unit were actively searching for an individual with an outstanding warrant and firearms-related conditions. Police observed this male while patrolling in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue.

As police approached the male, he made comments about a firearm possibly in his possession.

Police took him into custody, and a search revealed the following items:

  • a loaded 9 mm handgun
  • compatible ammunition
  • 19 grams of fentanyl (estimated street value of $3,000)
  • 193 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $9,500)
  • 77 grams of cocaine (estimated street value of $7,700)
  • approximately $4000 Canadian currency
  • $50 U.S. currency

Steven Raymond JOHNSTON (28) of Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possess Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Possess a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
  • Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order x 2
  • Fail to Comply Condition of Release Order x 2
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
  • Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
  • Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possess Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
  • Warrant (Fail to Comply Release Order x 5)

He was detained in custody.

Homicide – Arrest: C22- 79438

Update:

The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit continued to investigate the murder of Ira DISBROWE on April 18, 2022. 

On July 6, 2022, Homicide investigators attended the Women’s Correctional Centre in Headingley and arrested 43-year-old Samantha Lee BRUYERE of Winnipeg for the murder of DISBROWE (she was already in custody on unrelated charges).

BRUYERE was charged with Second Degree Murder and remains in custody. 

As previously released:

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.