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Woman slain in St. Vital in Winnipeg’s first 2020 homicide

Police in front of a house on Hindley Avenue in St. VItal.
Police in front of a house on Hindley Avenue in St. VItal. Clay Young/Global News

Winnipeg police are investigating a slaying in St. Vital — the city’s first homicide of the year.

Officers went to a home in the first 100 block of Hindley Avenue at about 6:15 p.m. Friday evening after receiving a call about suspicious circumstances, Winnipeg police say.

Inside, officers found an injured woman. She was taken to hospital in critical condition, but was pronounced dead upon arrival. An adult man was arrested.

Police have released little information on the circumstances of the slaying, but have said the homicide unit is still investigating.

CJOB asked police for further comment but were told police could not accommodate an interview.

“There was a cascade of police vehicles everywhere,” a nearby resident told CJOB. The neighbour didn’t want his name used.

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“There must have been half a dozen patrol cars.”

A heavy police presence in the normally sleepy neighbourhood is rare, the neighbour said.

“This is a very quiet neighbourhood,” he said. “I’m kind of terrified. This is St. Vital. It’s a very stable neighbourhood, everybody here has owned their places for at least 20 years. I’ve been here 20 years.”

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