September 28, 2022 Media Release
In August of 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service learned of several firearms stored within a storage locker in the 800 block of Waverley Street.
The Property Crime Unit assumed the investigation and identified a suspect male with access to the storage unit.
Through their investigation, investigators also learned the following:
- Between March 31, 2022, and April 1, 2022, a commercial property in the 700 block of Tache Avenue was broken into, and numerous tools were stolen from within.
- Between July 4, 2022, and July 29, 2022, a commercial property in the 500 block of De la Seigneurie was broken into, and numerous tools were stolen from within.
On August 15, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant at the storage locker and seized the following items:
- Winchester ’94 30/30 break-action rifle
- Husqvarna 30/06 bolt-action rifle
- Parker Hale 7mm bolt-action rifle
- Loaded Crossman Bushmaster BB rifle (modified to hold rifle ammunition)
- Hilti Rotating Laser
- Dewalt 30-amp Battery Charger
- Hilti Concrete Drill
- Weiser Deadbolt Control Smart Keys (box of 12)
The suspect was not located at the time of the search warrant, and the provincial court issued a warrant for his arrest.
On September 27, 2022, at approximately 7:00 p.m., investigators attended the Milner Ridge Correctional Facility in Beausejour (where the suspect was being lodged on an unrelated matter) and placed him under arrest.
Erik Petersen, 30, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized x 3
- Possession of a Weapon
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order x 8
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Regulations x 4
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 x 4
He remains in custody.
On September 27, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Downtown Community Support officers patrolled the 600 block of Sargent Avenue as part of a crime suppression initiative.
Officers observed a male crossing the intersection of Sargent/Agnes. His manner of walking was consistent with someone who may be armed and concealing a firearm. The male was identified, and an outstanding warrant came to light.
As police attempted to take him into custody, he resisted arrest, and a struggle occurred, revealing a loaded sawed-off shotgun strapped to his leg. He was also in possession of some ammunition and drugs.
William Wayne Charles MURDOCK (25) of Winnipeg was charged with the following offences:
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 3
- Possession of a Weapon
- Resist Peace Officer
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Fentanyl
- Warrant: Fail to Comply Probation Order
MURDOCK was detained in custody.
On September 28, 2022, just after midnight, officers patrolling the Westend observed a male ride through a red light at Ellice/Maryland, refusing to stop for police. The suspect fell off the bike and continued to run away. After a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody.
He was identified, and two warrants came to light. A search revealed he had ammunition, knives and bear spray, contrary to a court order.
Justin Roddy DUNSFORD (38) of Winnipeg was charged with the following offences:
- Possession of Prohibited Device or Ammunition Knowing its Possession Unauthorized
- Possession of a Weapon x 3
- Possession of a Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 3
- Warrant for Fail to Comply Obligation Order x 2
- Warrant for Fail to Comply Probation Order
DUNSFORD was detained in custody.
Yesterday at approximately 1:30 p.m., an off-duty police officer travelling on a bus downtown identified himself as an officer and intervened when two males started an altercation with another lone male passenger. The male passenger exited at Graham/ Fort, and one of the other males followed him and began assaulting him.
The officer exited the bus and intervened in the assault, and the suspect took off running. The officer pursued him on foot, and a nearby construction worker intervened and assisted in bringing the suspect to the ground. The suspect bear sprayed the officer and the assisting male, then continued to flee on foot.
No arrests have been made, and this investigation has been turned over to the Major Crimes Unit for follow-up.
Anyone in the area who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-TIPS (8477)
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs