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New homicide on Furby Street classified as the first of the year in Winnipeg

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The Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 800 block of Furby Street on January 4, 2024.

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A 62-year-old Winnipegger seriously injured was found by Winnipeg police around 7:30 a.m. Thursday at his home in the 800 block of Furby Street. He died shortly after. This is the first homicide of the year in the Manitoba capital.

Winnipeg police investigators report that Daniel Jawbone was the victim of an assault at his home. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, before succumbing to his injuries, the authorities statement said.

One ​​person has been arrested in connection with this case and now faces one count of second-degree murder.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Furby Street has been in the news in recent weeks since a truck driver was found dead in the 200 block of this street at the end of December. A hostage taker was shot and killed by Winnipeg police just days apart in the same building.

Winnipeg police reported 44 homicides in 2023. The number of murders per year climbed starting in 2019 and has remained high since then.

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Between 1981 and 2018, the City had an average of 23 homicides per year. Since 2019, the annual average is 45.

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In 2023, Point Douglas is the Winnipeg neighborhood with the highest number of homicides, with eight fatal attacks recorded.< /p>

This neighborhood is closely followed by Downtown, the North End and West Broadway, which each recorded seven murders in 2023.

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Police indicated the location of 43 out of 44 homicides in 2023

With 44 homicides recorded, 2023 is the second deadliest year in Winnipeg since 1981, tied with 2019, but behind the record of 53 homicides reached in 2022.  

Winnipeg's 44 murders in 2023 by the numbers:

Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth returned to recent police interventions requiring the use of firearms by law enforcement, emphasizing the rarity of this type of event.

Approximately 0.33% of the calls we respond to require the use of force, and here I'm not even talking about deadly force [which is even less used].

For the police chief, the figures do not show an increase in violence.

To put it in perspective, use of force is not evenly distributed and can come in waves.

A quote from Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The Winnipeg Police Service is facing criticism for shooting three people in the past two months. But before this series, the police chief assures that the authorities have spent “an entire year” without resorting to firearms.

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Danny Smith is the police chief of Winnipeg.

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