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Charges laid in attack on Winnipeg bus driver

Flowers left at the scene of Irvine Fraser's murder.
Flowers left at the scene of Irvine Fraser's murder. Shelden Rogers / Global News

WINNIPEG — Police have charged Brian Kyle Thomas, 22, with second degree murder in the death of transit driver Irvine Fraser.

According to police, Fraser asked Thomas, the only passenger on the bus to leave as it was at the end of the line.

Thomas went to the front of the bus and said he didn’t want to leave and was escorted off by Fraser.

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58-year-old bus driver Irvine Fraser is dead after he was stabbed while working his route at the University of Manitoba Tuesday.
58-year-old bus driver Irvine Fraser is dead after he was stabbed while working his route at the University of Manitoba Tuesday. Provided

“When I say multiple times…I mean many, many times to exit the bus,” Const. Jason Michalyshen said.

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A verbal argument started followed by a physical altercation outside the bus.

WATCH: Const. Jason Michalyshen confirms second degree murder charges laid against Brian Kyle Thomas

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Charges laid in deadly attack on bus driver – Feb 15, 2017

“A knife was produced and the operator was stabbed multiple times,” Const. Michalyshen said. “He couldn’t be saved.”

Thomas fled on foot but was tracked down on the frozen Red River and arrested.

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On Wednesday police said the attack had shaken the entire city.

Transit driver fatally stabbed repeatedly told attacker to exit bus

Winnipeg police described what led to Brian Kyle Thomas, 22, stabbing Winnipeg bus driver Irvine Fraser to death on Tuesday.

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WATCH: Const. Jason Michalyshen describes the events leading up to the stabbing of Irvine Fraser

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Transit driver fatally stabbed repeatedly told attacker to exit bus – Feb 15, 2017

“We’re talking about a homicide, and you know that’s really quite incredible for me to even be talking about right now,” Const. Michalyshen said. “It’s a really, really sad scenario. And as a city and as a community we have to deal with this.”