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Winnipeg Police Service

March 18, 2020 Media Releases

Homicide – Investigation: C20-59464

On March 16, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded a report of a male shot at a  multi-unit residence in the 500 block of College Avenue. Officers located an adult male in his 20’s suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition but was pronounced deceased. He has now been identified as Vincent Scott ROSS, 24.

The Homicide Unit is asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident, or that may have seen anything unusual in the area around 558 College Avenue to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Winnipeg Police Service Pandemic Precautions

With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), the Winnipeg Police Service is making temporary changes to the services we provide to the public. These changes will not affect the Winnipeg Police Service's ability to respond to emergency calls or give priority to ongoing investigations.

To reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 during contact with the public while at the same time maintaining an effective response to emergency and urgent calls, all Winnipeg Police Station Duty offices will close effective 4:00 p.m. today and no longer accept walk-in complaints and inquiries. Attendance to Station Duty offices will be by pre-arranged appointments only, including those released on pending charges and scheduled for fingerprints.

Members of the public are directed to call 9-1-1 for emergencies. When you call, you will be asked additional questions concerning your health and whether or not you are self-isolating. These questions are asked, so officers attending any scene are prepared to assist you safely.

Questions regarding COVID-19 should be directed to HealthLinks at 204-788-8200.

Members of the public are encouraged to use online reporting and use our non-emergency number 204-986-6222 for non-emergent calls for service. Non-urgent Motor Vehicle Collision and Hit and Run reporting will be suspended. We will update when we have an alternate method for reporting these events. 

For those requiring Criminal Record Checks, there is an online Police Record Check portal on our website you can use to start the process: During this closure, we will not be providing fingerprinting services to the public.

In addition, a realignment of resources is being made to support our front line officers.  

The Winnipeg Police Service is committed to

  • Meeting the public safety needs of our community
  • Ensuring the well-being of our employees
  • Doing what we can as an organization to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19. (Flatten the curve)

Last Update: March 18, 2020

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061

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